Smoking: A Real Drag on Your Oral Health

Oklahoma City OK General Dentist

Tobacco is a highly addictive drug that causes significant problems to a person’s health and well-being. Smoking and tobacco usage are some of the worst habits that people can choose to partake in. Those who have used tobacco products for any extended amount of time understand that this is a difficult drug to quit. However, it is essential that tobacco users make the decision to quit to protect their bodies and lives.

  • Tooth discoloration – Referred to as a “smoker’s smile,” tobacco users are easily spotted for their stained and discolored teeth. Tobacco is a staining agent, causing permanent discoloration to the teeth. An unattractive smile is damaging to your personal and professional life.
  • Bad breath – Another aspect from tobacco use that can negatively impact your personal and professional life is bad breath. Tobacco has its own strong odor, and when it is mixed with the oral bacteria inside the mouth it creates foul smelling breath that is emitted into the air around you and others.
  • Breathing issues – Smoking tobacco allows dangerous chemicals to enter into the body. These unnatural bodily chemicals cause debilitating changes to the airways and walls of the lungs. When these permanent changes occur, they cause breathing issues such as COPD and Emphysema.
  • Periodontal disease – The gums inside the mouth are living tissues that are extremely vulnerable to contracting disease. Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gums that surround and support the teeth, which is a prominent condition among smokers and tobacco users. Tobacco causes the gums to become irritated and raw, allowing disease to easily pass into these living tissues. Once periodontal disease sets in, this irreversible condition causes tooth loss and permanent damage that is extremely costly to repair.
  • Oral cancer – As tobacco causes damage to the mouth, it also weakens the immunity inside the mouth. A compromised immune system limits the body’s ability to fight off infections and disease, which is why oral cancer is so prominent among tobacco users. Oral cancer has a high death rate and should never be seen as something that will be avoided if you use tobacco.
  • Lung cancer – Cancer cells do not isolate themselves. The tissues inside the mouth have a blood supply that connects to the rest of the body. This allows cancer cells to travel throughout the blood stream and affect the entire body.

At Taylor Dental & Implant Center, we want to help you break the tobacco habit and overcome the oral damage you have suffered. Please contact our practice today.

Posted on behalf of Taylor Dental & Implant Center