Smoking is a dangerous habit. The toll it takes on our lungs is readily known. The percentage of people that succumb to cancer or other life-threatening lung conditions goes up a great deal when they are habitual tobacco users. Additionally, smoking and tobacco exposure can damage your dental health and expose you to oral and pharyngeal cancer. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explains why you should consider quitting if you are a smoker, as well as what you can do to bring a smile back to life that has been dulled by tobacco exposure.
Detrimental Effects of Tobacco Use on Teeth
The Academy of General Dentistry states that regular smoking is responsible for an average of two teeth lost every ten years in any given individual. Tobacco exposure contributes substantially to gum disease the main cause of adult tooth loss. The chemicals of smoke can deprive your blood of oxygen. This has a negative effect on your gingival tissues that rely on oxygen to remain healthy. Cells have the job of repairing damage to gums, but these are also damaged by smoke exposure. Progressing gum disease can contribute to tooth decay as well.
Kicking the Smoking Habit
There are many tiers involved with maintaining good dental health. Oral self-care habits such as flossing and brushing your teeth regularly make a big impact. So does going to visit your Farmington Hills dentist every six months. However, if you continue to smoke, your best efforts towards good oral hygiene are going to be wiped away by the ill-effects of tobacco. Quitting smoking can be very difficult, of course, which is why so many people make many failed attempts and finally give up on even trying. Withdrawal from a tobacco addiction can last for weeks, while the craving for nicotine may hold on for years. There is hope, however, when you examine the statistic that around 50 million Americans have managed to quit smoking permanently. There are multiple help options such as hypnosis, support groups, medications, patches, and gums.
Visit Your Farmington Hills Dentist
If you would like more information on the dangers of smoking for your dental health, or you are in need of a dental checkup, your Farmington Hills dentist would be happy to see you. To schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.