While there are still a lot of people smoking, the numbers are falling every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking among adults has declined from around 21% to 15%. However, tobacco use still endangers oral health, as well as the shade of our teeth. Should you quit smoking? We think so, and for good reason!
Tobacco Use and Gum Disease
Did you that smoking can worsen gum disease? You can increase the risk of the advanced stage of the disease, known as periodontitis. At this stage, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums can deteriorate, leading to the onset of loose teeth and eventually, tooth loss. Losing teeth as an adult can lead to a number of complications, ranging from difficulty eating or speaking clearly to an aged appearance.
Smoking and Teeth Stains
When you use tobacco products, yellow or brown stains can form on your teeth. These can have a negative impact on your smile’s appearance and require professional cosmetic treatments to remove.
Increased Cancer Risk
When you smoke, you also increase the risk of oral cancer, as well as other forms of cancer. Of the over 43,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer each year, about 50% will succumb to the disease within a five-year period following diagnosis. Simply put, smoking cigarettes can lead to stained teeth, bad breath, a greater risk of tooth loss, and even a greater risk of losing your life. For your oral health and overall health, we recommend quitting right away. If you have any questions about quitting, we urge you to contact our team today: Request an Appointment Online.