How Tobacco Affects Oral Health

How Tobacco Affects Oral Health

Tobacco is responsible for nearly 5 million deaths every year, and that number is expected to more than double over the next 15 years. Smoking has been linked to cardiovascular disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, allergies and cancer. In fact, it is expected to become the leading cause of death over the next few decades. Smoking can affect your dental health as well.

If you use tobacco, you may be at a higher risk of:

• Developing periodontal disease
• Cavities
• Needing root canal treatment
• Having complications after dental treatments
• Oral cancers
• Dry mouth, bad breath and teeth stains

You may be more likely to suffer from dry mouth, bad breath and stained teeth, too. Not starting tobacco or quitting if you already use it can help dramatically reduce your risk. Both smoking and chewing tobacco can cause a problem, especially in those who also drink or drink heavily.

We can help you quit. Our Northridge dentist is committed to helping you discover your best smile ever, and we will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome. Until you are ready to quit, good dental hygiene is absolutely necessary. Brush two times a day, and floss daily. You may need more frequent dental checkups and cleanings to remove tartar buildup. Finally, chew sugar-free gum, which can help stimulate saliva flow for healthier teeth and curb those tobacco cravings. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your next appointment with our team.

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