How does smoking impact my oral health?

Patients who ask our dental providers about the ways to improve their oral health are often not surprised to learn that some habits, such as smoking cigarettes, can impact their smile in a number of ways. Smoking is not only unhealthy for the body, putting it at risk for a wide range of physical and medical problems, but it can have a negative effect on one’s overall dental health.

Below are just a few of the ways in which cigarette smoking impacts oral health:

  • Cigarette smoking is known for staining the surfaces of the teeth, causing yellow and darkening of the natural tooth enamel over time.
  • Cigarette smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, which can cause a domino effect throughout the rest of the body, putting organs such as the lungs at risk of medical problems.
  • Cigarette smoking can contribute to the progression of periodontal disease, and can make it more difficult to treat in a timely manner.
  • Cigarette smoking can make cases of halitosis (bad breath) even worse, causing patients to become self-conscious about how their breath smells to others.
  • Cigarette smoking can cause increased bone loss of the jaw, and result in the buildup of tartar and plaque on the surfaces of the teeth.
  • Cigarette smoking delays the time needed to heal and recover from certain dental procedures such as oral surgery, periodontal treatments, and tooth extractions
  • Cigarette smoking may cause the loss of dental implants, reducing their overall success rate of placement and longevity.
  • Cigarette smoking is linked to an increased risk of oral cancer.

In addition to being harmful for the dental health, smoking is well-known for being the cause of many medical ailments. In short, Dr. Lindsey Marshall highly recommends that patients stop smoking for the benefit of their health and body. There are many methods available today to assist in smoking cessation, and patients are urged to speak to the dentist or their primary care physician about the choices best for their unique situation.

Call Dr. Lindsey Marshall today!

Ardmore, PA patients who are interested in improving their oral health are welcome to book a consultation visit by calling (610) 649-0696.

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