The Effects Of Tobacco On Your Teeth

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
October 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: smoking  

Find out why our Chico, CA dentist recommends that you quit tobacco if you want good oral health.

For years you’ve probably been hearing just how bad tobacco can be for your health. It’s been linked to bone density loss, smokingcardiovascular disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and cancer. From the office of our Chico, CA dentist Dr. Ashley Harrison, find out how tobacco can also affect your oral health.

Dental Stains

No one wants a smile that is yellow and stained, but unfortunately if you are a smoker there isn’t much you can do to prevent this. There are chemicals found in cigarette and chewing tobacco that can easily leave you with some pretty nasty stains that even professional teeth whitening might not be able to fully tackle.

Slow Healing

Whether you need to have a tooth filled or you’ve wanted to get a dental implant to replace your missing tooth, there are many instances in which smoking can cause problems for dental procedures. Since tobacco reduces blood flow this can impede the healing process, which will lengthen your recovery time, which no one wants to deal with!

Linked to Oral Cancer

Both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products contain at least 28 chemicals that have been found to increase your chances of oral and throat cancer. And chewing tobacco contains even higher amount of nicotine then cigarettes, which makes it even harder to quit.

Increased Risk of Decay and Gum Disease

Tobacco in any form is also known to increase someone’s chances of gum disease and cavities. This is because smoking affects how gum tissue cells function, which can lead smokers to be more susceptible to infections like gum disease. And since gum disease is also linked to bone and tooth loss, it’s important that you ditch the habit if you want to prevent these issues from affecting your smile.

Quitting tobacco can be challenging but our Chico, CA dental team is here to help. We can provide advice and also proper dental care to get your smile back on track if you’ve been a chronic smoker who has just kicked the habit. Call our office today!