Cigarettes & Your Teeth - How to Help Yourself if You Are a Smoker

Posted by SOOS CREEK DENTAL on Apr 13 2022, 08:13 AM

Everybody is well aware of how smoking can cause havoc on your health. Smoking or the use of any tobacco products causes severe damage to your overall health as well as your oral health. 

The sad truth is that even if you’ve tried to quit in the past, there is a very high chance you couldn't stick with it. The longer you smoke, the more damage you’ve been causing to yourself and your oral health. Fortunately, there are ways for you to stop the damage and reverse the impacts. 

Here are some dental issues smokers face and how to put an end to these problems:

  • Tooth Decay

Smoking and tobacco do serious damage to your mouth. People often associate smoking with oral cancer and gum issues. But even though those are not to be overlooked, people don’t think of the kind of tooth decay that smoking or the use of tobacco can cause in your mouth. 

Large cavities in the gum line can cause infections. These infections can weaken your teeth causing them to break. Repairing a broken tooth can be expensive and extremely painful. 

  • Tooth Discoloration

Discoloration of the tooth is a well-known fact. Smokers might have noticed how fast their pearly whites turn yellow or brown. The more you smoke, the faster your teeth turn yellow or brown. 

  • Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease or gum disease is a bacterial infection that develops in your mouth. This infection impacts your gums. 

In the beginning, periodontal disease is visible only as bleeding gums, or a sore mouth with red gums that are easily irritated. Sometimes, the gum recedes as the disease progresses. 

Even though the impact can be reversed in the early stages, smoking and the use of tobacco can worsen the damage. 

  • Tooth Loss

If you find the symptoms of periodontal disease, then tooth loss is not far behind. Your gums start to weaken during the early stages of periodontal disease which causes them to loosen their hold onto your teeth. 

  • Seeking Dental Help

No matter how damaged your teeth have become due to the use of tobacco or smoking, they can be stopped or fixed. Tooth discoloration can be fixed by whitening or polishing procedures. Tooth decay can be fixed with fillings, crowns, or root canals. Periodontal disease is reversible with deep cleaning. 

For comprehensive dental care, visit Soos Creek Dental at 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington WA 98042. Call us at (253) 631-8241 to schedule an appointment. 

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