Beware of the Dental Downfalls of Tobacco

SmokingIt’s not a newsflash that smoking tobacco products on a regular basis is terrible for your health. The higher rates of malignancies amongst smokers is clear. Other illnesses of the lungs are also a huge concern. What about your oral health? Smoking does not score any positivity points in that arena either. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari encourages all of her patients to kick the tobacco habit for better cosmetic dental health, as well as lower rates of gum disease and tooth decay.

Daunting Tobacco Stats

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) tobacco use (cigarettes, pipes, and even chewing tobacco) will give you an average of two permanent teeth lost per year. Of course, this is a statistic which may not apply to every person, but by measuring the tooth loss rates of smokers you can see that tobacco exposure contributes substantially to periodontal disease (the number one cause of adult tooth loss). Tobacco is like poison to your body. Adding in the chemicals from smoke deprives your blood of precious oxygen, wreaking havoc on your immune system and allowing conditions based in inflammation (such as gum disease) to run rampant. Cellular damage from tobacco usage makes it difficult for your body to naturally repair the damage. Tooth decay is far more prevalent in smokers as well.

Many Reasons to Quit

While you can stave off many oral disease with proper dental care, when you abuse your body, consequences are eventually inevitable. Even if you keep up with biannual checkups and daily brushing and flossing, if you continue with tobacco use, you are less likely to keep your teeth and gums entirely healthy. Quitting smoking is a daunting task, as the withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks. Cravings are persistent, and habits are difficult to break. On the other hand, you are far from alone, There are many resources and a variety of methods for quitting which have allowed approximately 50 million people in the United States to successfully quit.

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)474-6434. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.