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Smoking: A Real Drag on Your Oral Health

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On a scale of 1-10 with “1” being least and “10” being worst, smoking ranks at a solid “10” as one of the worst habits that anyone could pick up. Tobacco is a highly addictive drug, which makes it very difficult to break the habit – prolonging the destruction that it causes to the body. There are numerous health and personal issues that are directly related to smoking and using tobacco.

  • Bad breath – Chronic bad breath is one of the most common issues that tobacco users have. Tobacco itself has its own strong odor, and when it is mixed with the oral bacteria inside your mouth it becomes even more pungent. Bad breath can have a very negative impact on your personal and professional life.
  • Tooth discoloration – Your smile says a great deal about you, and a tobacco user’s smile usually states right up front “Hey, I use tobacco.” Like it or not, people judge you on how you look and how well you appear to take care of yourself. People with dingy, discolored smiles have significant disadvantages both personally and professionally.
  • Breathing issues – Tobacco is a drug with chemical components. When tobacco smoke is inhaled, harmful chemicals enter the body through the lungs. These dangerous chemicals cause permanent changes to the airways and lungs, causing severe breathing issues such as COPD and Emphysema.
  • Lung Cancer – With the continued damage that the chemicals from smoking cause to the lungs, these organs are left vulnerable to disease. Lung cancer is a prominent condition among smokers because of how badly the lungs have been damaged. Lung cancer is known to have a high death rate.
  • Periodontal disease – Inside the mouth, the teeth are protected and supported by gum tissues. Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gums that is caused by tobacco irritating the gum tissues until they are raw and irritated. Irritated gums are left vulnerable to infection. When periodontal disease sets it, it causes irreversible damage. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in smokers, and it requires extensive and expensive treatment to overcome the damage.
  • Oral cancer – Again, when a part of the body is greatly affected by infection, it will lose its ability to fight off disease. The damage that tobacco causes to the mouth leaves it weakened and without the immunity to fight off diseases such as oral cancer. Oral cancer is prominent among all tobacco users.

At Brentwood Dental Group, we are here to help you overcome oral damage associated with tobacco use. Please contact our practice today.

Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group