The Effects of Smoking on your Teeth Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 18:26:32
Its a pretty well known fact that not only is smoking a major cause of many health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer...its also a major cause of tooth and gum issues.
But, on the upside...its important to know that a lot of the effects from smoking on dental health can be reversed and even erased completely. Dentists have many ways that they can now help to repair some of the oral damage done by cigarettes and tobacco.
Some of the worst effects from smoking on oral health include:
- Bad breath and halitosis.
- Chances of having gum disease are doubled by smoking.
- Smoking changes the types of bacteria in your mouth, and this could turn into the bacteria that are more harmful to your teeth and gums.
- Teeth can lose their shiny white and become yellow and tar covered. This is caused by the nicotine and tar in the tobacco used in cigarettes.
- The salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth can become inflamed Increased risk of leukoplakia.
- Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. These problems could delay healing from any dental procedures.
- Increased risk of developing oral cancer.
- Decreased senses of tastes and smell.
Dentists Can Help
Smile makeovers are the ideal solution for smokers who want to gain their self confidence back and smile again without feeling like they have something to hide.
Of course, its important to remember this doesn’t address all the possible damage or health problems, however, is a great start on the road to making things a hell of a lot better. Cosmetic dentists will be able to help you to gain your confidence and your smile back.
If you’re interested in learning more about making over your smile before making an appointment at the dentist...Give us a call on 02 9415 6868 for a free, over the phone discussion on what direction to take and we can refer to you to an appropriate dentist in your area.