Some of the effects smoking has on your mouth and health include:
- Stained Teeth: Smoking can cause a discoloration of the teeth in a short time. The tar and nicotine can make teeth yellow.
- Slower Healing After Oral Surgery: According to the American Dental Association, smoking can interfere with healing after oral surgery, such as an extraction.
- Oral Cancer: One of the most serious health issues associated with smoking is oral cancer. Oral cancer can develop on various locations in the mouth, such as the cheek, gums, tongue and throat.
In addition to the effects listed above, smoking is also a risk factor for developing gum disease. Research has indicated that people who smoke often have more tartar and a higher risk of gum disease than non-smokers. Not only does smoking increase your chances of periodontal disease, it increases the progression of the disease. Smokers often have more bone loss than nonsmokers, which can lead to tooth loss.
Your best bet to improve your oral health and overall health is to quit smoking. In addition, correcting the damage smoking has done to your mouth and teeth is also essential. At Elite Dental Arts, we offer periodontal treatments that help improve oral health. If smoking has stained your teeth, we offer a variety of cosmetic options to brighten your smile.
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Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
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New York, NY 10017
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