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How Smoking Impacts Your Oral Health

We are nearly into the second month of the new year, and with many people who started a resolution of kicking the habit of smoking – we are here to remind you to keep going.

You know smoking is bad for your overall health, so it should be no surprise that cigarettes and chewing tobacco is also harmful to your oral health. Along with tobacco products causing bad breath, there are many additional impacts it has on your oral health including:

– Stained teeth and tongue
– Dulled sense of taste and smell
– Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
– Slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
– Gum Disease
– Oral Cancer

Many people ask why smoking causes teeth to stain. It is due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking.

Most people know that smoking can cause lung and throat cancer, but many people still don’t know that it is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer too. Every year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.

Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and a support network, people to help you stick to your plan. Write down your reasons for quitting. Exercising, chewing gum and keeping yourself occupied can help you quit.

If you have any questions, our Provident Dentistry team is here to help. Give us a call today to learn more.