All know that smoking causes overall health problems. But You may not think smoking can cause problems with oral health and make it harder to deal with these problems. Oral health experts say losing your teeth may be one of the adverse health effects of smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products.
To learn more about how smoking and tobacco can damage your teeth and how you can put an end to the damage.
Tooth Loss :
When periodontal disease takes hold in your mouth, your tooth loss is usually not too far behind. That’s because, as your gums get weaker, you’ll do less to hold your teeth. You will also find a higher rate of decay due to infection. In worst case simple tooth extraction can be done.
Tooth Decay :
Tobacco smoke can cause serious damage to your mouth. The kind of tooth decay dentists often see among their patients, Large Cavities that exist around the gum line can lead to week teeth and infections. Also, in many cases Broken teeth need to be repaired.
Tooth Discoloration :
Most people know that smoking can turn your white teeth into yellow or brown. The more you smoke, the more likely you will get discoloration. Bala Dental clinic plays a role in your tooth whitening experience.
Bone Damage :
When periodontal disease is kept for too long to fester, the infection can spread to the bone, which may then become weaker. Periodontal disease can become so serious in severe cases that surgery is needed to deal with damaged bone. In such cases Bone grafts and restorative surgery are required sometimes.
Periodontal Disease :
Periodontal disease is generally a bacterial infection that develops in your mouth often referred to gum disease. Over a period, this infection affects the gums. If you see a dentist at the initial phase of periodontal disease can often be cured, but long-term smoking and tobacco use can lead to the infection becoming worse.
All types of tobacco can cause health issues. Chewing tobacco products carry nearly 30 cancer causing chemicals. Also smoking contains the same harmful chemicals as smokers inhale. These can lead to health problems for people who do not smoke. Babies and children are particularly at risk. Health issues related to smokeless tobacco include:
- Cavities: Chewing tobacco contains a ton of sugar that can erode your tooth enamel.
- Addiction: Such products are made with nicotine, which is harmful.
- Gum disease: Sugars and irritants of tobacco may develop gum diseases. Over a period, gum disease can result in tooth loss.
- Precancerous mouth lesions: Chewing tobacco can trigger lesions where the chew is placed. These might become cancerous.
- Heart disease: Some types of smokeless tobacco increase the heart rate and blood pressure. This could cause a stroke or heart disease.
- Cancer: Tobacco triggers multiple types of cancer, namely gum, lip, mouth, throat, esophagus, cheek and tongue cancer.
Quitting is better for your health and mouth. This decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and oral cancer. The advantages of quitting start in a minute and will last a lifetime:
- Minutes after your last smoke, your body begins to heal.
- Twenty minutes after you quit your heart rate and blood pressure fall.
- Twelve hours after you quit the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- Two weeks to three months after you quit, your blood flow improves and your lungs function better.
- One year after you quit, the risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.
- Five years after you quit the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder is halved. Cervical cancer risk is the same as your non-smoker. Your risk of stroke may be the same as a non-smoker after two to five years.
If you are a smoker or use of any tobacco, consult your dentist to find a way to help you quit for good. In Bala Dental Clinic, these types of problems can be fixed. You can contact us to make an appointment to see the dentist. Our experienced dentists can help keep your teeth and mouth healthy!
At your convenient location in Bangsar & Klang, Malaysia, you can have all your dental needs met under one roof. Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care.