Few things are more damaging to your body than smoking. Countless medical studies have proven that tobacco products produce negative effects on your health. Breathing problems such as COPD and lung cancer are direct results of smoking and tobacco usage. However, another area of health that is affected and often overlooked is your oral health. Smoking poses a real drag on your oral health, as does all tobacco use, by causing irreversible damage and disease.
Periodontal disease and oral cancer are two of the most serious oral health effects directly caused by tobacco use. Both of these diseases have the ability to destroy your smile, your complete oral health, and the health of your entire body.
Gum disease is a serious concern in any form because it can quickly progress from mild to severe. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease, and it is easily treated and its effects are reversible with early intervention. However, when gum disease progresses it becomes significantly threatening to the entire mouth. Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gums and soft tissues inside the mouth that surround and support the teeth. Once the gums are severely infected, the teeth will become loose and eventually fall out unless extensive dental work is done. Smoking causes the gum tissues to become irritated and sick, leaving them vulnerable to infection. Smoking is one of the leading causes of periodontal disease.
Oral cancer is another directly linked disease to smoking and tobacco usage. With every drag on a cigarette or cigar or every wad of chewing tobacco placed inside the mouth, the soft tissues of the mouth have a negative reaction to the drug. Tobacco causes the soft tissues to become irritated, and it also weakens the immune fighting capabilities of the body. When the mouth’s immunity is weakened, the number of antibodies inside the mouth are greatly reduced. Therefore, what should be fighting off toxins are not present to do their job. Thus, the mouth is left vulnerable to oral cancer.
Smoking and the use of any tobacco product poses high threats to your oral health, and at South Texas Dental we want to help you kick the habit. We understand that this will not be easy, but we also understand the dire consequences should you continue smoking or chewing tobacco. Contact our dental practice today to schedule an appointment to discuss options for overcoming the damage tobacco has caused to your oral health.
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