Your dentist in Thornbury can talk to you about smoking and your oral health:
It is now widely recognised that smoking affects our health, including our oral and dental health. Many people don’t realise the amount of damage smoking does to our mouth, teeth and gums.
It causes problems such as:
- dark, blackish staining of teeth, gums and dentures. This is due to the nicotine and tar in cigarettes. It begins as yellow staining but then progresses to becoming dark and black
- increased risk of tooth decay
- possible tooth loss due to an increase in gum disease
- bad breath and bad taste
- inflammation of the salivary glands
- increased white patches in the mouth
- delayed and even painful healing after tooth extractions
- lower success rate of dental implants
- increased risk of oral cancer
Smoking and gum disease
Smoking is a leading factor for gum disease. Your dentist in Thornbury wants you know that people who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque. This plaque sits on the gums and causes destruction of the bone and soft tissues which support the teeth. There is also lack of healing because the oxygen in the bloodstream, which is necessary for healing, is affected by smoking. This disruption of normal gum tissue function makes smokers more susceptible to disease than non-smokers.
Smokers are six times more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers. In advanced gum disease teeth can become loose and may need to be extracted. Smoking will hide gum disease and it can be quite advanced before a smoker notices any damage.
Flossing, careful brushing and cessation of smoking is required to arrest development of gum disease.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and therefore stops healthy blood supply to the teeth and gums. Your dentist in Thornbury knows this has an adverse effect of weakening the body’s immune defences to combat infection and inflammation in the mouth, so talk to us now about stopping the risks.
Nicotine also affects the composition of saliva so that it isn’t potent enough to fight the affects of acid in the mouth after eating and drinking. Therefore smokers can be more susceptible to decay even though they may be brushing well.
Smoking is the biggest factor in contracting cancer of the mouth.
Speak to your dentist in Thornbury, servicing all areas of the northern suburbs of Melbourne, about what you can do to stop smoking and freshen your smile! Call us on 9460 7070 to make an appointment and let’s make your smile whiter and brighter!