By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
June 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   smoking  

It is common knowledge that smoking can cause a slew of health and aesthetic issues including lung and mouth cancer, skin problems smokingand heart disease. However, smoking also affects your teeth, causing a whole other set of problems. Find out about the risks of being a smoker to your teeth, what problems arise from this habit, and what you can do about them with Dr. Ryan Lebster, Dr. Jose Vivas and Dr. Arnold Baker at Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, MI.

Smoking and Your Teeth 
Cigarette smoke’s first point of contact with your body is your teeth. Unfortunately, this quickly takes its toll on your smile by affecting both the way it looks and the way it functions. In addition to the staining and discolorations linked to tobacco use, smoking also puts patients at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. The mouth’s cells become damaged with tobacco use, causing reduced blood flow, resulting in an increased chance of prolonged healing times and infections.

Common Dental Issues Related to Smoking
Smoking causes tooth stains and discolorations. While dentists can treat this issue with teeth whitening treatments, the stains will keep coming back with continued tobacco use. Due to the heightened risk of infection, bacteria trapped underneath the gums becomes full-blown gum disease faster, causing irritation and inflammation. Though dental examinations and cleanings help to decrease the chances of these issues, the best way to avoid them altogether is to avoid smoking.

Quit Smoking in Holland, MI
Your dentist can help you find ways to quit smoking. From over-the-counter options like nicotine gum to prescription medications, your dentist can help you find the right path to quitting smoking for good. For more information on the risks of smoking on your teeth or to gather information about quitting, please contact Dr. Lebster, Dr. Vivas, and Dr. Baker at Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3946 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!