Smoking habits have detrimental effects on dental health. Gum disease is one of the primary concerns caused by smoking as it alters bone and soft tissue attachment to your teeth, leading to tooth loss. Consequently, people who smoke have an increased chance of getting infections such as periodontal disease. Smoking also lowers blood flow to the gums, which may slow the healing process of wounds.
Smoking's Link To Periodontal Disease
An infection in the bone surrounding and supporting your teeth can lead to gum disease or simply periodontal disease. The molars are linked to the jawbone to grind food by this bony tissue. A condition known as gingivitis affects the gums, brought forth by the accumulation of germs and debris from food in the mouth-dental plaque.
It hardens into calculus if the plaque is not removed promptly from the teeth and gums. Plaque and calculus on the teeth are the primary contributors to gingivitis. People who smoke have a greater risk of developing this condition.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are two distinct stages of gum disease, resulting in teeth and gum deterioration if no treatment for periodontitis is done. An extraction by our dentist may be necessary if a tooth becomes loose or falls out on its own.
It's time to give up smoking.
Any time you minimize tobacco product usage, you significantly reduce the risk of serious health complications. People who have never smoked are less likely to have periodontal (gum) disease than those who have never smoked after 11 years of abstaining from tobacco use.
Our specialist might prescribe smoking cessation drugs such as nicotine gum and patches if you have difficulty quitting the habit. Drug therapy is commonly used in conjunction with smoking cessation programs and groups. In some cases, you can access these programs through your work or health insurance provider and local hospitals. Talk to our dentists to find out if they've heard of anything like this. It would be best to stop smoking before it destroys your tooth health. Please call our offices and make an appointment with one of our specialists!
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