The American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. This campaign challenges smokers to give up cigarettes for 24 hours with the hope that you quit for good. If you or a loved one smokes cigarettes, consider joining the movement, and take the first step toward quitting forever!
The Effects of Smoking on Your Oral Health
It’s widely known that smoking is bad for your health, but according to the American Dental Association (ADA), smoking is also a major contributor to dental problems. Besides the obvious hazards, cigarettes also stain your teeth and cause bad breath. Tobacco can leave permanent stains on your teeth that cannot be whitened.
- Using tobacco products can also cause a diminished sense of taste, hinder your immune system, and reduce your ability to recover after surgery.
- Smoking is one of the most noteworthy risk factors associated with gum or periodontal disease. This inflammation can affect the bone, and in its advanced stages, gum disease can result in tooth loss, decay, and poses a challenge in trying to implement restorative dentistry.
As with cigarettes, smokeless tobacco such as snuff, chewing tobacco and dip can lead to a higher incidence of oral cancer. Known health hazards of smokeless tobacco:
- Contains 28 cancer-causing chemicals, which can cause gum disease.
- Cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue, pancreas, voice box, esophagus, colon and bladder due to the toxins in the juice created by the product. Swallowing those toxins can cause cancer in other areas of the body.
- Added sugar enhances the flavor, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
- Smokeless tobacco typically contains sand and grit, which can wear down teeth, cause tooth sensitivity and erosion of the enamel.
- 60 to 78 percent of daily users have oral lesions. Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS can detect these lesions and determine a course of treatment.
Is Vaping Bad for Your Oral Health?
Vaping is tied to the same negative side effects for your oral health as smoking, but the use of nicotine in the vaping product intensifies the symptoms. Vaping aerosols can also increase gum inflammation and overall inflammation in your body.
What Can You Do?
The best thing to do for your oral health is to stop using tobacco products altogether. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum or periodontal disease, leading to bone loss and other supporting structures, and its advanced stages can result in tooth loss. The nicotine in tobacco is addictive, so you may need to try several times before you successfully kick the habit. The Centers for Disease Control sponsors a Quitline to help you overcome your use of tobacco with a step by step approach.
Reasons to Quit Smoking:
- You will live a longer and healthier life.
- Lowers your chance of having a heart attack, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, stroke, or cancer.
- Food will taste better.
- Your home, car, clothing, and breath will smell better.
- You will have more physical stamina.
- You will have less wrinkling/aging of skin.
- It will give you a reason to smile.
Your smile is often the first thing people notice, so make an appointment with Dr. Evanson to have a check-up, by calling (720) 409-0008 or contact us online. Dr. Evanson is located in Parker, Colorado, and also provides dental treatment to those in the surrounding communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.
Consider joining the Great American Smokeout on November 19, 2020. This may lead to the first step toward quitting cigarettes forever. It may save your life and will definitely enhance your smile!Leave a reply →