What You Need To Know About Smoking and Oral Health

What You Need To Know About Smoking and Oral Health

Problems That Can Occur

A ream of oral problems can arise from the effects of smoking. Some of these may include:

  • Stained teeth or tongue
  • Increased growth of plaque
  • Slower healing of gum wounds after surgery or tooth extractions
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease
  • Bad breath
  • Inflammation to the salivary glands (located on the roof of the mouth)
  • Dulled sense of taste and smell
  • Growth of white or gray patches in the mouth (called leukoplakia)
  • Loss of bone in the jaw
  • Increased risk of oral cancer

Types Of Smoking

Some believe that other forms of smoking or tobacco use (pipe smoking, cigar smoking, and smokeless tobacco) do not have the same effects as normal cigarette use. This is not true. Your dental health will still be negatively affected by other types of smoking.

Oral Cancer

80-90% of those who get oral cancer either smokes or chews tobacco. Oral cancer can affect the mouth, tongue, and lips. The risk of getting oral cancer increases significantly if you smoke tobacco and drink alcohol

What You Should Do

Stop smoking. That is the best solution to the problems caused by smoking. There are many ways to go about quitting: make a plan, get support, call a help line, attend classes, replace smoking with a healthy habit, avoid places where cigarettes are available, etc. Quitting smoking can do so much good for your oral and overall health.

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