Tobacco users are more likely to develop several health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Aside from these illnesses, smoking will also complicate oral hygiene. Smokers are more likely to develop minor oral health issues, like tooth decay, as well as more threatening illnesses like gingivitis and bone loss.
Usually, yellowing teeth are the first sign that cigarettes are affecting your oral health. Tobacco smoke produces deep stains within the teeth that cannot be removed by surface-level whitening agents like toothpaste. Additionally, tobacco reduces saliva flow, making it harder to wash away debris and bacteria. Smoking can also cause additional problems if you’re healing from an oral surgery, like wisdom teeth removal. In fact, cigarette smoking is one of the main causes of dry sockets after wisdom teeth removal.
The best dental advice for a smoker is to stop smoking. Smoking cessation aids like patches and pills are successful for many long-time smokers attempting to kick the habit. If you’d like to talk to a dentist about how to address oral hygiene issues caused by tobacco, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.