Most of us are aware that tobacco use is terrible for your health, but you may not realize all the way it impacts your oral health.
If you're a smoker, you can see for yourself how the habit affects the appearance of your teeth. Over time, nicotine stains every tooth in your mouth, leaving you with unattractive, noticeable brown stains.
Smoking and Your Oral Health
But you may not be aware that there are other significant oral health problems created by tobacco use. As your dentist in Tucson, Dr. Michael Allen wants you to be mindful of the toll that smoking can take on your oral health.
Here are a few facts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that you might not be aware of:
- A tobacco habit weakens your immune system and makes it harder to fight off gum infections
- Half of the adults who smoke have gum disease
- Using tobacco minimizes the effectiveness of treatment for gum disease
- Those who use tobacco products are twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers
Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Smile
Of course, you're an adult, and it is not our place to lecture you about the dangers of tobacco use. But it is our job to raise your awareness about the risks that the habit poses to your oral health.
Even if you follow the most diligent oral hygiene routine, you can't undo the toll that smoking takes, especially on the health of your gums.
At Sabino Hills Family Dentistry, we will be happy to provide suggestions for managing your oral health and minimizing the damage caused by smoking.
If you smoke and are worried about your oral health, please call us to arrange an appointment. We won't judge you about your habit – we just want to make sure we are taking every step necessary to ensure that your smile is as healthy as it can be.