Six Risks To Your Oral Health From Smoking
Stopping smoking should be high on your list of New Year resolutions, and here’s why!
It may sometimes seem like we repeat ourselves quite often about the importance of stopping smoking.
We make no apologies for this, as, even if one person reads our blog and stops smoking, we feel that it will have been worthwhile. Smoking causes many problems within our mouth, as well as increasing the risk of lung cancer and heart problems.
At Blue Sky Dental, we can certainly help you to manage your oral health even if you do smoke, but we would encourage you to read the damage that this habit can do in our blog below, and hopefully, you may find encouragement to stop.
Not the most dangerous problem that smoking can cause, but one that may well lose you a few friends. No one likes to stand close in conversation with someone with smelly breath, and smoking means that this may well happen to you.
Aside from any discolouration caused by other means, it is almost certain that if you smoke to any extent, you will find that your teeth become quite yellow, or even brown in the case of heavy smokers.
This is a serious problem and can result in the loss of teeth if not managed correctly. Smoking can cause a dry mouth which, in turn, often leads to an increase in harmful bacteria in the mouth. Over time, this can damage the gums and bone in which your teeth are held.
Smoking narrows the tiny arteries in the gum, slowing down blood flow to this area. This can cause minor abrasions etc, of the gum, to heal more slowly, potentially leading to infections.
Infections that are not healed sufficiently can lead to your gums receding. Not only does this mean that your teeth look longer, but also exposes the less protected dentin part of your tooth. This softer material is then at a greater risk of decay as it is not protected by the harder enamel that the rest of your tooth is. Increased sensitivity can also result.
This is the most serious risk of all, which can even prove to be fatal. Smoking (and heavy drinking) are both well known causes of this particular type of cancer. Whilst our leading Chelmsford dentists will always monitor your mouth during your six monthly check ups, and recommend you see a doctor if we are concerned, it is far better to stop smoking and thereby minimise the risk.
We believe in preventative care for our Chelmsford patients, and, in addition to good cleaning and regular professional dental care, we believe that stopping smoking is one of the best things that you can do to improve your oral and overall health.
To discuss smoking and the effect it can have on your oral health, with our dental hygienist, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.