Smoking Puts Your Oral Health At Risk

DID YOU KNOW that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States? It’s well known that smoking can lead to a number of lung-related diseases but in reality, the negative effects of smoking can be seen in almost every part of the body, especially the mouth.
Smoking Compromises Your Oral Health
Among other cancers, smoking puts you at a much higher risk of developing oral cancer. In fact,

approximately eight out of 10 patients with oral cancer are smokers.

Smoking remains the biggest controllable risk factor for this deadly disease.

Tobacco use is also related to severe gum disease. Because smoking weakens your body’s ability to fight infection, bacteria build up more easily in your mouth in the form of plaque and tartar. Bacteria in plaque irritate the gums and cause them to pull away from your teeth, resulting in bleeding and sensitivity. This can ultimately lead to tooth and bone loss. Those who smoke aretwo times more likely to develop gum disease than a nonsmoker.
Other dental problems that can be caused by smoking include:
Bad breathTooth discolorationCoated or black hairy tongueTooth decayDulled sense of taste and smellDry mouthSlowed healing after tooth extraction or other surgeryLower success rate of cosmetic dental procedures
Watch the video below to see how smoking affected Brett’s smile: