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Does Tobacco Affect Your Teeth?

Published December 29, 2020 3:35 pm

Tobacco can have a significant negative impact on your overall health. From cancer to heart disease to chronic headaches, the long-term effects of smoking and using tobacco are not pleasant, and that includes the effect that tobacco has on teeth. Read on to learn how tobacco affects your oral health.

Oral Cancer

Tobacco is the leading cause of oral cancer. And cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. Although it can sometimes be treatable, cancer of any kind is not something you want in your life if you can help it.

Tooth Discoloration

Another undesirable effect of tobacco on the mouth is tooth staining. Smoking and tobacco use are pretty much guaranteed to ruin your smile. The nicotine and tar that are contained in the tobacco have a yellowing effect on the teeth that will only get worse over time with increased tobacco use. If your teeth have stains from tobacco use, consult with our team about our cosmetic dentistry services to improve the appearance of your smile!

Gum Disease & Tooth Loss

Tobacco compromises your immune system and interferes with the way your gums heal. An impaired immune system makes you more vulnerable to disease and infection, including gum disease. Early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis, is characterized by inflammation and irritation. If gum disease is allowed to progress to periodontitis, it can eventually lead to chronic bad breath, pain, tooth loss, shrinkage of your jawbone, malnutrition, and poor self-esteem.

Preventive Dentistry in Gypsum, CO

Here at Altitude Family Dental, we want the best for our patients. We strive to educate our patients on how to prevent oral health issues, including oral cancer. At your biannual cleaning and exam, we will screen you for any signs of oral cancer so treatment can be initiated as early as possible.

If you have questions about the damaging effects of tobacco or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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