What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Smoking
Prior to the mid-1960s, smoking was widely thought of as a hip thing to do. Cigarette companies had built a loyal following by advertising their products as a way to improve health. Fortunately, everyone now knows that smoking kills, but overcoming this addiction is still a significant challenge. If you’re looking for more motivation to help you finally get cigarettes out of your life, just have a friendly chat with your dentist.
Smoking causes gum disease and tooth loss.
Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors of periodontal disease and tooth loss. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gum tissue. Over time, the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth. The infection can attack the supporting structures of the teeth, including the underlying bone. Eventually, tooth loss results.
Smoking causes oral cancer.
Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body, including in the mouth and throat. And since many smokers don’t see a dentist regularly for oral cancer screenings, the cancer can progress untreated until drastic surgery is needed. Permanent facial disfigurement and impaired oral function are the results.
Smoking turns your teeth yellowish-brown.
Tobacco use can turn your teeth yellow pretty quickly. And after years of smoking, the teeth can begin to turn brown. Many smokers are embarrassed about their teeth, and so they may try to avoid smiling and eating in public.
A smile makeover can restore your oral health when you quit smoking.
Don’t let smoking control your life any longer. Reward yourself for quitting with a smile makeover from your cosmetic dentist. Your smile makeover may include:
- Gum disease treatment
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
- Porcelain crowns
Even if you’re still working on quitting, you should get an exam, professional cleaning, and oral cancer screening.
You’ll find warm, friendly professionals and a non-judgmental atmosphere at the dental office of John Carson, DDS. We know how hard it is to break an addiction to smoking, and we want to help you restore your beautiful, healthy smile. Call us today at (520) 514-7203 for preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry care in Tucson, AZ.