Man smoking out himself with a cigarette

Smoking And Oral Health

Smoking is not good for you. We all know this, but what exactly does chewing tobacco and smoking do to your mouth?

Smoking and Oral Health

  1. Bad Breath – Smoking causes bad breath.
  2. Tooth Discoloration – Smoking can stain your teeth causing them to turn yellow.
  3. Creates plaque and tartar – the chemicals in tobacco that can affect saliva production. This makes it easier for bacteria to stick to gums and teeth, which can lead to gum disease or periodontal disease. This can lead to teeth falling out if their roots are affected.
  4. Interferes with Circulation – Gum tissues of smokers are more likely to get infected and restrict the blood flow. It can also delay the healing process in the mouth, so dental procedures can take longer to recover from.
  5. Leads to Oral Cancer – Tobacco users make up 90% of patients diagnosed with cancer in the mouth, lip, throat, or lips. Smokers are more likely to develop oral cancer at six times the rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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