Dangers of Smoking for Oral Health

You may know it already; smoking can lead to serious oral and overall health problems. Since it is the mouth which comes in the first contact with tobacco, it takes the major hit. A few oral infections and conditions that can develop due to smoking mainly include:

  • Bad breath
  • Discoloration of teeth
  • Inflammation in the salivary glands
  • Increased plaque and tartar buildup
  • Jawbone loss
  • Heightened risk of leukoplakia
  • Risk of gum disease
  • Delayed healing after any kind of oral surgery
  • Increased chances for the failure of dental implants
  • High risk of oral cancer

Smoking can gum disease

Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health conditions that can occur as a result of smoking or using smokeless tobacco products. Smoking can affect the attachment of gum’s soft tissues with teeth’s bones. As a result, the pockets are created underneath the gum line. These pockets are potentially the breeding places for bacteria which can cause cavities and gum disease. Smoking can also affect the blood flow in gums.

The dangers of pipe and cigar

You may wonder if cigar and pipe can also lead to oral health problems like cigarettes. These items are dangerous in the same manner as that of cigarette. According a study, people who use cigar suffer from tooth loss and jawbone loss at the same rate that of cigarette smokers. Same is the situation with pipe smoking as well. Moreover, people who use pipe and cigar are prone to getting throat cancer. The risk of bad breath, stained teeth and periodontal disease are also real when you smoke using cigar or pipe.

The smokeless tobacco products

Many people ask if smokeless tobacco products are safer. The matter of fact is that they are not safer in any way. They contain at least 28 chemicals which can cause cancer in oral cavity, throat and esophagus. The matter of fact is that chewing tobacco releases more nicotine in the mouth than cigarettes; and they are much harder to quit as compared to cigarettes.

Use of smokeless tobacco products can cause serious irritation in the gums. This irritation can result in gum recession which further leads to exposure of tooth roots. Since there is no enamel under the gum line, the exposed part is more prone to tooth decay and cavities. Furthermore, there are sugars added to the smokeless tobacco products. This addition can raise the chances of tooth decay and cavities further.

You need to quit tobacco

No matter how long you have been using tobacco products, it is never too late if you decide to quit. Even if the consumption of these items leads to cancer, you can quit smoking and tobacco consumption to raise the chances of your treatment becoming a success. For this purpose, you can visit your dentist and/or health physician to seek help.


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