Can Smoking Harm Your Teeth?

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your lungs. But what about your dental health? It turns out smoking cigarettes harms your mouth and teeth in several ways.

First and most obvious are the cosmetic problems. Smoking causes bad breath! It’s hard to deny how the odor of cigarettes lingers around smokers. This is especially true of the mouth area. Inhaling smoke filled with tar and nicotine also causes tooth discoloration, such as yellowing and stains. Smoking also causes increased tartar and plaque buildup, which can lead to other more serious problems if not treated. If you are experiencing any of these complications from smoking, come talk to us at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. We can help you find a solution.

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Smoking doesn’t just cause cosmetic dental problems, though. Cigarette smoke has been linked to increased loss of bone density in the jaw, gum disease, and oral cancer. Oral cancer tends to be a very aggressive form of cancer, since there are so many blood vessels in the mouth. Smoking increases the length of time you will spend in recovery after dental surgery or tooth extractions, but since it also increases the risk of gum disease, it makes these procedures more likely. 

If you are a smoker, the best choice for your physical and dental health is to quit, but you should also keep in regular contact with your dentist. Jordan Dentistry can help manage cosmetic problems and keep a close eye on other symptoms in a friendly, compassionate atmosphere. We want to help you!

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