Many are now aware that smoking is harmful to their health. It can cause a wide range of medical issues, including lethal illnesses in rare instances. However, many people are unaware of the harm that smoking does to their lips, gums, and teeth.
The nicotine and tar in tobacco cause tooth discoloration, which is one of the side effects of smoking. It may quickly turn your teeth yellow, and heavy smokers sometimes claim that their teeth are virtually brown after years of smoking.
The more you smoke, the more rapidly you may see teeth yellowing. The quantity you smoke, as well as the length of time you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products, will influence how stained your teeth get.
Smoking can also cause gum disease. Smokers are more susceptible to developing plaque, which in turn causes gum disease. Smoking creates a shortage of circulating oxygen, which prevents diseased gums from healing. Gum disease is still the most prevalent cause of adult tooth loss.
When periodontal disease takes over in your mouth, tooth loss is not uncommon. That’s because as the gums get weaker, they cannot hold on to the teeth. Periodontal disease is frequently associated with a greater rate of deterioration owing to infection.
If periodontal disease is left to progress for too long, the infection can migrate into tissue and bone, making them weaker. If periodontal disease is not treated and the infection is not treated, bone loss can occur over time.
Periodontal disease can progress to the point where surgical intervention is required to repair damaged bone in severe cases. In some circumstances, bone transplants and corrective surgery may be necessary.
It's critical to see your dentist frequently for a routine checkup and a full mouth inspection so that any additional issues may be identified early.
People who smoke are more likely to have stained teeth and require more frequent visits to the dental hygienist. Your dentist will do frequent examinations to ensure that your teeth, gums, and entire mouth stay healthy.
For comprehensive dental care, visit Fred A. Knaysi, DDS at 1001 W Nine Mile Rd, Henrico, VA 23075. Call us at (804) 737-1182 for appointments. For our other locations click here.