Most people know that tobacco can damage their body, but some people don’t realize that it can have a huge impact on your oral health. Tobacco contains many chemicals that are dangerous when left on the teeth or gums.

How Does Smoking Affect My Oral Health?

Smoking can affect various aspects of your oral health. One of the most noticeable ones is teeth staining. Cosmetic appearances can make a person feel self-conscious, but it’s not the worst health problem that smoking can cause. Other effects of tobacco on your oral health include:

  • Reduction of saliva flow
  • Increased risk of tooth loss
  • Bad breath
  • Increased buildup of plaque
  • Risk of oral cancer
  • Increased occurrence of gum disease
  • Delayed healing process

Is Chewing Tobacco Bad for My Oral Health?

Chewing tobacco can still cause oral health problems. For example, it contains many ingredients that could cause cancer. Other problems caused by chewing tobacco include gum irritation, tooth decay, and tooth sensitivity.

What Are the Treatments for Tobacco-Related Dental Health Problems?

Any treatment will be most effective if the person quits tobacco use altogether. When you continue to smoke or chew tobacco you put your oral health at risk. Sometimes you may need to be treated for issues related to tobacco use. Dr. David will be able to give you a dental examination and determine what course of action should be taken. Regular oral cancer screenings are especially important for tobacco users. You may need a restorative or cosmetic treatment to repair damage to your smile. Some of these options include treatment for gum disease, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns.

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