How tobacco usage affect your oral health

How tobacco usage affect your oral health

Posted by KINGS DENTAL GROUP on Jul 23 2021, 04:24 AM

How tobacco usage affect your oral health

Everyone knows smoking is bad for the whole body and health. Smoking can lead to different medical problems, including fatal diseases like cancer. Tobacco usage can also affect the mouth, causing tooth staining, receding gums, chronic bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss, and severe diseases like mouth cancer.

No tobacco is "safe."

Tobacco products contain nicotine, which is addictive. Any form of tobacco usage can lead to severe health problems as they contain about 30 cancer-causing chemicals. Health problems usually occur as a result of the use of tobacco include the following:

  • Precancerous mouth lesions:Chewing tobacco can cause precancerous lesions where the chew is placed. These can become cancerous in the long run.
  • Cancer:Tobacco causes many types of oral cancers - including mouth, esophagus, throat, cheek, gum, tongue, and lip cancer. Various researches have found that smokers are 5-10times more likely to have oral cancer when compared to nonsmokers. 
  • Teeth staining:The nicotine and tar in the tobacco can make the teeth yellow and can lead to teeth staining. 
  • Cavities:  Chewing tobacco contains a lot of sugar, leading to the erosion of tooth enamel.
  • Bad breath:Smoking can lead to severe bad breath and cause dry mouth and decrease the ability to taste and smell.
  • Delayed healing: Smokers can experience delayed wound healing when they undergo oral surgery and placement of dental implants.  
  • Gum disease:The sugars and irritants present in tobacco can cause gum infections, which can eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Smokers are many times more likely to suffer from periodontitis, the severe inflammation of the gum and bone surrounding the tooth. Even after treatment for gum disease, smokers do not heal like nonsmokers.
  • Heart disease: Certain forms of smokeless tobacco can lead to an increased heart rate and blood pressure. This can lead to severe conditions like heart disease and stroke.
  • The dangers of second-hand smoke

Even if you don't smoke or use tobacco products, it is important to stay away from second-hand smoke. Passive smoking or second-hand smoke means breathing in other people's tobacco smoke. They produce health problems in people who don't smoke and are a leading cause of lung cancer. It can also increase the risk of respiratory illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia in children. 

How can your dentist at Kings Dental, Lemoore, CA help you? 

If you are a regular smoker and visit us, we will conduct an examination to ensure that your teeth, gums, and whole mouth are healthy. We will also examine your cheeks, tongue, and throat to see if you have any signs of conditions that may need more detailed investigation. If you wish, we will also put you in touch with groups who can help you stop smoking.

Our dentist may also refer you to a dental hygienist if you need a thorough cleaning or extra treatment. We will also advise you if you need more frequent dental visits or detailed checkups more often. 

Quit the use

Quitting the use of tobacco is beneficial for your mouth and your overall health. It reduces the risk of various associated health problems, including heart attack, stroke, or oral cancer. If you wish to quit the habit, call our practice at (559) 924-2206 or visit us at Kings Dental Group, 5 W D St, Lemoore, CA for additional information and schedule a consultation today. We will help you.


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