We’re all aware of the effects that smoking can have on our general health, but have you considered the effect it has on your teeth and gums?
Smokers quite often have much less gum bleeding and redness than non-smokers giving the false impression that their gums are healthy which may not be the case. Did you know…
Smokers have a 3- to 7-fold greater risk of developing Periodontitis
Chronic gum disease can lead to the loss of your teeth
Studies have shown that smokers have more calculus (tarter) than non smokers.
Gum disease or Periodontitis can be completely painless, however the effects that this disease can have on gums and supporting structures of the teeth can be life changing. It is characterised by swollen, receding or bleeding gums, and can often cause bad breath and, in severe cases, tooth loss. Unfortunately once the supporting bone around the teeth is lost it cannot be grown back, which is why tooth loss is a common consequence of this condition.
Treatment can be sought to arrest the gum disease. If treated in the early stages, this treatment can stop a patient losing their teeth. Smoking can cause issues with treatment however as it reduces the ability of our body to respond to this gum treatment.
Staining and Bad Breath:
Cigarettes will not only cause staining of the teeth but will also give you bad breath. The brown stains can be removed but to do so requires regular maintenance from your dentist or hygienist. Stopping smoking will allow you to maintain a healthier whiter smile; it will also give you a fresher breath.
It is difficult to spot oral cancer but regular check ups can help to detect it. The chances of developing oral cancer may increase if you smoke which is another reason to quit smoking.
At New Road Dental our team are able to give you some handy tips and advice to help you to break the habit.