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  • 11 July 2016

  • Aesthetic and functional dentistry

Smoking and teeth

We have known about the problems surrounding tobacco in the lives of smokers and those around them for some time. Fewer and fewer, smokers are taking more precautions for the people around them. For example, they must move away from the doors of shops or restaurants, they are no longer allowed to smoke in public places, not to mention the many warnings that we see on television and on the internet. However, tobacco greatly affects the person who uses it. It can attack several parts of the body such as people, throat, lungs, bladder, etc.

Smoking is bad for your health, and that includes oral health. These are the main oral health problems of smokers:

  • Bad breath
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Dry mouth
  • Cavities
  • Periodontal diseases
  • Mouth cancer
  • More gray or yellow teeth color

Smoking not only increases visits and expenses related to oral health, but also has an impact on treatment duration. For example, smokers don’t heal as quickly after a tooth extraction. Also, smoking is an important risk factor for implant failure.

Many problems can be avoided with regular appointments with your oral health professional, who can also give you information on how smoking affects your mouth and advice on how to quit smoking.

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