Smoking is not only bad for your overall health, but it is also a major contributor to dental problems as well, including the teeth, gums and soft oral tissues. If you are a smoker, Dr. Parker Long and our dental team would like to share with you today some additional reasons to consider quitting this destructive habit.
#1 Oral cancer: did you know that approximately 90% of people stricken with mouth cancer or some types of throat cancer have reported using tobacco? Clearly, smoking increases your risk of incurring oral cancer and can attack the oral tissues such as the lips and throat. Oral cancer not only damages your health but it can lead to death.
#2 Plaque and tartar buildup on your pearly whites: Smoking also increases the development of plaque and tartar on your teeth which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. If this is left untreated, you can end up with lost teeth, and additionally, increase your chances of having a stroke, diabetes, or heart disease.
#1 Staining of tooth enamel: Tobacco is notorious for staining tooth enamel. Whether smoking or chewing tobacco, your teeth will turn yellow or even brown. This discoloration can lead to lower self-confidence as you become self-conscious about smiling. Treating these this discoloration may require professional teeth whitening treatments.
If you would like to know more about smoking’s impact on your smile in College Station, Texas, please reach out to Long Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and speak with our dental team. We are here to help you with all of your oral health needs. Simply call 979-846-0082 today!