Have You Ever Wondered How Smoking Affects Your Teeth?

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), America has major health problems directly related to tobacco use. The estimates indicate that over 18.1% of adults, which breaks down to 42.1 million people, are regular smokers. The CDC estimates indicate that over 18.1% of adults, which breaks down to 42.1 million people, are regular smokers. It’s important to understand how smoking directly affects your oral health.

Smoking and tobacco use can lead to serious health problems. Although this information has been available since January 11, 1964, when Luther L. Terry, M.D.., Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, released the first report on Smoking and Health, millions of people still smoke.

Are The Risks Worth It?
The use of cigarettes and tobacco products frequently leads to gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Tobacco use affects the bone and soft tissue attachment to your teeth. As a result, these conditions create an environment which makes smokers more susceptible to infections. Additionally, it impairs blood flow to the gums that may affect wound healing. Our skilled hygienists will evaluate your gum health at your routine dental visit. Make sure to let your hygienist know how much you smoke if you do.

Forget about using smoking as a means of appetite control. Those who smoke are at an increased risk for tooth loss, oral cancer, bad breath, or gum disease. Tobacco use even makes it difficult for the dentist to correct dental problems.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Many Americans currently have some type of gum disease. Depending on individual circumstances, the disease can range from minor gum inflammation to periodontal disease that results in major soft tissue and bone damage.
Kick the habit to lower your risk for gum disease.

Give Dentistry at Rea Village a call today to schedule your dental appointment. We are happy to provide resources for smoking cessation.

Source:

Health Risks

CDC – History of the Surgeon General’s Report – Smoking & Tobacco …

www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/history/index.htm

Smoking’s Ripple Effects

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lung-cancer/basics/definition/con-20025531

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