Oral Problems Associated with Smoking

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Nowadays, most people are aware that smoking has a negative impact on their general wellbeing. But did you know that smoking is a major contributor to dental problems? Apart from the many different medical problems that are caused by smoking, gum disease, tooth staining and in severe cases, oral cancer could also happen!

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), smoking weakens your body’s immune system, and this means it is harder for you to fight gum infection if you’re a smoker. Once you also have gum problems, smoking makes it difficult for your gums to heal and this could lead to severe dental problems.

Here at Smiles First Cornwall, our family dental care practice cares about your oral health, and therefore we list the causes of smoking to your oral cavity.

Here are the oral problems associated with Smoking:
– Higher chance of developing gum disease that could lead to tooth loss.
– Tooth staining or discolouration
– Halitosis or bad breath
– Delayed healing following oral procedures and treatment
– Higher risk of acquiring mouth or oral cancer
– Increased chance of developing white patches inside the mouth (known as Leukoplakia)
– Increased plaque and tartar formation
– Increased bone loss within the jaw

To stop smoking, your dentist and doctor can help you with medications by prescribing the use of nicotine gum and patches. Support groups and classes are also used together with drug therapy. To learn more about oral problems caused by smoking, visit or contact our dental team in Cornwall. We highly suggest that you quit smoking now to prevent dental problems from happening as well as to maintain an overall healthy body.

-The Smiles First Cornwall Team

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