Hookah Bad for Oral Health and Beauty
- Posted on: Aug 25 2014
A report earlier this year by a local CBS affiliate found that the popularity of smoking hookah is on the rise in Philadelphia. Though a water pipe might seem safer than a cigarette, the use of any tobacco product comes with severe health risks. Before undergoing cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Lindsey Marshall will evaluate your candidacy for the procedure – habitual smoking could make you unsuitable for a number of different treatments.
Just like cigarettes and cigars, the smoke from a hookah pipe produces a number of harmful toxins and carcinogens. Some studies estimate that a hookah session is the equivalent of smoking anywhere from 10 to 40 cigarettes.
Regular tobacco use can negatively impact your ability to undergo general and cosmetic dentistry procedures because of factors like:
- Slower post-operative healing
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Higher tooth loss risk
- Increased chance of bone loss in the jaw
The health impacts of smoking can lower your chances of success for critical procedures like dental implant surgery. In addition, smoking is simply incompatible with a beautiful, healthy smile. Smoking stains teeth an unbecoming yellow color, and it can have the same effect on porcelain veneers and other dental enhancements.
Dr. Marshall always endorses a preventative approach for good dental health. One of the best things you can do for your smile and your overall health is quit smoking in any form.
Please contact Lindsey Marshall, DMD, or call (610) 649-0696 today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and caring for your teeth. Dr. Marshall provides treatment to patients throughout the Philadelphia area from her office in Ardmore.