Most people are now aware that tobacco is harmful to their health.
It can cause a variety of medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases.
This is why, on May 31st, the World Health Organisation has declared World No Tobacco Day, with this year’s focus on the multiple ways that exposure to tobacco affects the health of people’s lungs worldwide.
However, many people don’t realise the damage tobacco that smoking does to their mouth, gums, and teeth, not just to their lungs.
Which is why, in the hopes that it will help our patients decide to quit using tobacco, DonEast Supreme Dental is chiming in this year with this post on how tobacco use can harm your health.
The short version is that smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and even mouth cancer. Let’s take a look.
Problems Caused by Smoking
Teeth staining. One common effect of smoking is stained teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. They can lead to stained or yellow teeth in a very short time.
Bad breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by the ashtray smell of smoke, or by the damage done to gums and teeth by tobacco products.
Gum disease. Smokers are more likely to have bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease, decay, and cavities.
The gums are particularly affected because smoking decreases oxygen and nutrient delivery to the gums.
These cause smokers to have more dental plaque and gum disease that develops more quickly. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Oral cancer. Most people know that smoking causes lung and throat cancer, but many people still don’t know that it is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer.
Each year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
Difficulty in healing. Your blood brings nutrients and oxygen to the mouth, taking waste away as it leaves.
Wound recovery lies in oxygen, which allows cell repair and redevelopment. Oxygen is the foundation for rebuilding skin tissues.
Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen to the affected area. It narrows down the blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to other parts of the body.
Non-inhaled Tobacco Products? Bad news, non-inhaled products such as pipes and cigars, and smokeless products like chew/snuff are just as bad.
In fact, chewable tobacco products can be worse, as they spend a longer time in contact with teeth.
What Can Be Done?
Stop using tobacco. The most important thing is to cut the roots of the problem – stop using and consuming tobacco.
Routine dental check-ups. As a smoker, this is the most critical thing you can do.
It is crucial that you visit your dental team regularly for a regular checkup and full mouth examination so that any conditions related to tobacco consumption can be detected early.
You should visit your dentist at DonEast Supreme Dental regularly. Smokers are more likely to have discoloured teeth, and you may need more visits with our dental hygienist.
What will the DonEast Supreme Dental team do for me?
DonEast Supreme Dental will carry out a regular examination to make sure that your teeth and gums and whole mouth are healthy.
- We will also examine your cheeks, tongue and throat for any signs of other conditions that may need more investigation. Be sure to tell us that you use tobacco so that we can conduct a particularly thorough screening for oral cancer.
- We are also able to put you in touch with organisations and self-help groups who will have the latest information to help you stop smoking.
- We will be able to advise you on how often you should visit us.
Smoking cessation programs and assistance groups are often used in partnership with drug therapy, like patches or prescribed medications.
These programs are offered through hospitals, health insurance companies, employers, and community centres.
Ask your DonEast Supreme Dental dentist or hygienist for information on programs they may be aware of.
World No Tobacco Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the health complications associated with tobacco consumption and the advantages of quitting.
Take the right steps and visit DonEast Supreme Dental regularly, you will be on a firm footing to take back control of your health.
The DonEast Supreme Dental Difference
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we treat you like family – we treat our patients just as we would like to be treated ourselves.
We offer the highest quality, caring dentistry in the Doncaster area.
We provide an extensive range of dental services including preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dental options; and we offer them during extended evening and weekend hours.
We are conveniently located on Doncaster Rd. near its intersection with Blackburn Rd.
Doncaster East dentist also serves the local communities in Templestowe, Balwyn North, Doncaster, Doncaster Heights, Donvale, Mont Albert North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Kerrimuir, Blackburn North, Forest Hill, Nunawading and Brentford Square.
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