Smoking can lead to serious health issues like lung disease, heart disease, and stroke. There are ingredients in cigarettes that attack vital organs. The most common problems smokers face is lung problems. Did you know that smoking also affects your oral health? It can lead to problems like staining of the teeth, bad breath, periodontal disease, oral cancers, and many more. It is very important to stop smoking or limit the amount of smoking because of the effects that it has on your health.
Smoking leads to periodontal problems. Smoking stops the salivary glands from saliva flow, causing dry mouth. The stop in saliva makes the mouth more vulnerable for plaque to build up on your teeth. The buildup affects the gum and causes them to recede. The buildup also affects your bone, and if its left for long times it causes to the bone to recede and this bone does not grow back.
Chewing tobacco or smoking can also lead to oral cancer. This is because of the ingredients that are in the cigarette or tobacco. The first signs of oral cancer are swelling or lumps inside the oral cavity, sores that do not go away within two weeks, bleeding constantly from the mouth, and difficulty swelling or chewing. There are also not visible signs and dentist use a special light to spot abnormalities. These are key signs that you should see a dentist if you have been smoking or chewing tobacco for a long time.
If you have missing teeth and are planning to replace those teeth it is very important to quit smoking. If you plan on an implant it is very difficult for an implant to be successful. The surrounding tissues will have trouble adapting to the implant causing it to fail. Dental bridges will be very difficult to match because of bone lost. Our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari gives tips to his patients on how to find alternatives to quitting. He tells them to try chewing gum if they feel the need to chew tobacco or exercise if they find an urge smoke.
If you have trouble quitting your dentist can also recommend or nicotine patches to help the urge of smoking. Smoking is an expensive habit that affects your health. If you have any questions regarding smoking, you can contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/