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Smoking and Dental Problems – Emerginnova

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Somos un pequeño grupo de apasionados profesionales de la odontología que han estado escribiendo artículos para el público durante más de 10 años. Nuestra misión es proporcionar información precisa y actualizada sobre la salud bucal para que las personas puedan tomar decisiones informadas sobre su atención dental.
Sabemos que una excelente salud bucal es esencial para la salud y el bienestar general, y estamos comprometidos a ayudar a nuestros lectores a lograr y mantener dientes y encías saludables.

Dental Problems From Tobacco Use

Smoking greatly increases the risk of oral cancer, a disease that progresses rapidly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early. Oral cancer is, unfortunately, a significant killer today due to the fact that it is diagnosed very late. Regular dental check-ups can help. 

Smokers also face an increased risk of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Tobacco use causes an imbalance in oral bacteria that promotes gum disease.1 Smoking, in particular, can slow down healing in the mouth, such as after having a tooth extracted.2

Smoking damages gum tissue and causes receding gums, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed. This could increase the risk of tooth decay and cause hot/cold sensitivity due to the exposure of sensitive nerve endings that are covered by the gum line.

Additional risks include:

  • Bad breath due to a number of factors associated with smoke itself but also a bacterial imbalance in the mouth. 
  • Stains on teeth that can’t be removed with regular brushing. Smoking is one of the most common causes of tooth discoloration.
  • A build-up of tartar which could require you to get more frequent dental cleanings or otherwise may further increase your risk of gingivitis or gum disease.

Cigarettes and Cigars

Cigarettes and cigars contain several toxins associated with cancer. Not inhaling does not decrease your risk for dental problems which is a major misconception.

Smokeless Tobacco

Did you know that more nicotine is found in the dip and chew than cigarettes? Smokeless tobacco products also contain cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, cadmium, lead, and polonium.3

Hookah Water Pipes

Hookah water pipe smoking has become popular in some areas lately. Unfortunately, the water in the pipes does not filter out all of the harmful toxins and it is unknown how these things react in the mouth. It’s thought they may be a factor in some dental diseases due to the flavoring and tobacco double hit.

How to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking and/or other forms of tobacco right now can provide long-term health benefits including oral health. If you would like to quit, but don’t know how you should talk to your physician about how he or she can help.

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Somos un pequeño grupo de personas apasionadas que han estado escribiendo artículos dentales durante los últimos años. Creemos que una buena salud oral es la clave para una vida feliz y saludable. Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar información precisa y actualizada sobre todos los aspectos de la odontología para que nuestros lectores puedan tomar decisiones informadas sobre su salud bucal.
Sabemos que elegir un dentista o un tratamiento dental puede ser abrumador, pero esperamos que nuestros artículos ayuden a que el proceso sea un poco más fácil.
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