How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

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If you are currently a habitual smoker, Dr. Jeff Davidson and our dental team would like to review the effects of this lifestyle choice on your oral health as well as your overall health. Let’s take a look!

#1 Discoloration of your teeth: Unfortunately, tobacco can remove the whiteness from your tooth enamel. With smoking (not to mention chewing tobacco), it can turn your teeth a yellow or brown shade. Such tooth discoloration can lower your self-confidence if you are self-conscious about your smile. This can affect your willingness to socialize as well. To treat this discoloration, you may need to resort to professional teeth whitening treatments, possibly more than one.

#2 Plaque and tartar on your teeth: Smoking increases the development of plaque and tartar which are harmful to your teeth. In fact, they promote major dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. When these occur, they can result in lost teeth, and increase your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

#3 Oral cancer: Smoking increases your risk of developing oral cancer. When this happens, the oral tissues are attacked, including the lips and throat. This can not only damage your health but it can lead to death.

If you are concerned about your oral health or would like to know more about smoking’s impact on your smile in Hamilton, Montana, please reach out to Mountain Peak Dental and speak with our dental team. We are here to help you with all of your oral health needs. Just call 406-363-4010 today!