Most people know that tobacco has a negative impact on overall health, but many do not realize just how bad it is for one’s oral health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, half of all smoking adults in this country suffer from gum disease. Since gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults, it’s important that tobacco users be aware of the damage they are potentially inflicting on themselves.
What Tobacco Use Does to the Body
The Centers for Disease Control supports medical claims that smoking and all tobacco use weakens the body’s ability to fight off infection. Smoking limits the growth of blood vessels, which also inhibits healing.
The CDC also reports that smokers have twice the risk of developing gum disease than do nonsmokers. What’s more is that gum disease treatment isn’t always as effective on smokers, particularly those who have been smoking for a long time.
Those who use smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco, are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancers than nonusers.
Other issues that can arise in your mouth as a result of tobacco use include:
- Teeth that are yellowed and stained; your tongue can also become stained.
- Your sense of taste and smell can become dulled.
- Healing after having a tooth extracted or some other surgery is slower.
- Cosmetic dental issues can be more difficult to correct.
Stop the Devastating Effects of Tobacco
The simple answer to the negative impact of tobacco on your oral health is to simply quit using tobacco products. Their highly addictive nature makes this a challenge for many, even if they truly wish to quit. Talk to your family doctor or dentist in Elk Grove Village, IL to get help kicking this harmful habit. Call Elk Grove Smile Center today!
For some inspiration on quitting, you can also check out these tips from former smokers on the CDC website.