Smoking tobacco can wreak havoc on your health, including your dental health. Those who smoke put themselves at risk of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and more serious problems such as oral cancer. Here are some of the dental problems that can happen to those who smoke.
Problems With Teeth
Smoking can create several issues with your teeth. Tobacco use increases the growth of the plaque and tartar that causes tooth decay. Smoking can also stain teeth, and even make it difficult to correct cosmetic dental problems.
Problems With Gums
Tobacco use depletes the blood’s oxygen level and impedes its flow to the gums. It can also affect how the cell tissues of the gums function. These complications create problems with how quickly the gums heal after tooth extractions and surgeries. The gums ability to fight infection is also impaired, increasing the risk of periodontal disease.
Problems With The Mouth
Teeth and gums aren’t the only parts of the mouth affected by smoking. Tobacco use can inflame salivary glands, create bad breath, cause white patches to develop on the inside of the mouth (leukoplakia), dull the senses of smell and taste, deplete the jawbone, and increase the risk of oral cancer.