Smoking causes damage to basically all parts of your body, but many people do not realize the effect it can have on Oral Health. Smoking can cause periodontal disease, delay healing of the mouth, and increases the risk of oral cancer. Additionally, it causes bad breath, and the stains that accumulate from smoking are usually tough to remove without help from a dentist.
Smoking can contribute to these problems in the mouth:
Inflammation of the gums
Bone loss in the jaw
Increase of plaque and tartar buildup
More risk of gum disease, oral cancer, and periodontal disease
In addition to immediate benefits to your oral health, cessation of smoking also reduces your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and lung cancer. Smokers who quit get to immediately see a whiter smile and better gum health.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey L. Cohen and check on the state of your oral health, call 626-967-6453.