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Quit Smoking: It Leads to Poor Oral Health

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for not only your physical health, but your oral health as well. Let’s have a closer look at why.

Oral Cancer
This is the greatest threat that smoking poses to your oral health. In addition to the thousands of chemicals the tobacco is tainted with and you ingest when inhaling smoke, these chemicals also linger in your mouth, nasal passages and throat. Smoke is, in and of itself, a carcinogen. The more contact your mouth has with carcinogenic materials, the greater your risk of developing cancer of the throat, sinus, lips, tongue, and gums. Cancer of the throat is highly resilient and typically results in death.

Gum Disease
Most people regard gum disease as something that can be prevented by flossing and brushing their teeth, but cigarette smoke has been proven to affect the growth of gum cells by inhibiting blood flow to the mouth. This means that injuries to the gums have a tendency to heal much slower for smokers, and open wounds can lead to infections. Cigarette smoke also causes the detachment of the gums from the enamel, causing infections. In severe cases, this detachment can scale the roots of the tooth, leading to tooth loss. Infections of the gum can lead to infections of the bone, for which tooth extractions and bone grafts may be required.

Implant Failures
Many individuals need dental implants. Teeth are surgically implanted deep into the gums, and the roots of the tooth allowed to take hold. Because the growth of gum cells are slowed in cigarette smokers, the odds of the roots taking to the gums are reduced, leading to an increased failure rate of dental implants among smokers. Also, the majority of smokers are daily smokers. Smoking immediately after surgery may lead to infection. This is many cases results in the extraction of the implant.

About the Author

Dr. Vu Le is the Owner of VuLe DDS, Inc. Dr. Vu Le is an experienced Foothill Ranch Dentist, specializing in family dentistry, Cosmetic dentistry, teeth capping and dental fillings. He is certified, prides himself in building strong relationships with each of his patients and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dental community.

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Comment by Dr. Steffany Mohan on December 19, 2013 at 7:02am

Quitting smoking is not easy task but the awareness created by you on various health hazard associated with smoking can let the people think twice before they smoke. We should also not forget that passive smoking, even worse and causes various dental problem. Thanks Vu Le  for  Sharing such an informative blog!

Comment by Ken Nersten on December 17, 2013 at 10:42pm

My dear friend Vu Le, it is true that smoking habits have too much of bad implication not only on our health only but on our mind too, a smokers always finds themselves under stress & relax themselves through puffing which becomes an addictive part after sometime. That is why it is better to find other modes to come out of stress instead of smoking habits.

Comment by Michele Lavigne on December 13, 2013 at 5:48am

Smoking not only affects the smoker but also affects the person near about him. Smoking causes many disease Like Cancer, Oral problems,  lungs cancer and many more. So quit smoking and Live long.

Comment by Amir Ghanouni on December 11, 2013 at 12:52pm

To stop these terrible diseases from afflicting you, you should join a quit smoking program to help you quit smoking today. The most serious disease from the standpoint of the patient's health and even life is oral cancer. Be careful and  take care of your health.


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