The Dangers of Smoking and Your Teeth
How smoking affects your teeth and oral health
Smoking is dangerous to the health of your body and the health of your mouth. It is very addictive and can be fatal. You need to know the dangers of smoking and what your dentist can do to help. Dr. Charles Sours in Woodbridge, Virginia wants you to know all the facts about how smoking affects your teeth and your oral health.
You should try to quit smoking as soon as you can to protect your body and your teeth. Dr. Sours wants you to know while you are trying to quit, you can do a few simple things to help how your smile looks.
You already know how smoking stains your teeth, but you can minimize stains by brushing your teeth after you smoke. If you don’t have toothpaste, just use the toothbrush. You can also rinse your mouth with water. You can try over-the-counter whitening products, but a better solution is a professional whitening treatment provided by Dr. Sours. You can select:
- In-office teeth whitening which only takes about an hour and is a great choice for people with a busy lifestyle
- Take-home whitening kits, which are convenient and you can use them in your home when you wish
Smoking doesn’t just stain your teeth; it also drastically affects the health of your gums and bone support of your teeth. It weakens your immunity and ability to fight off diseases like gum and periodontal disease caused by bacterial plaque accumulation. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) smokers are twice as likely to have gum disease.
Untreated gum disease can progress to periodontal disease when the bone supporting your teeth becomes infected. Periodontal disease is far more likely to develop in smokers and treatment is less likely to help if you continue smoking.
Oral and throat cancer is much more likely to occur in smokers and the results can be disfiguring and fatal. It can also be difficult to detect and can go unnoticed for a long period of time. That’s why it’s a good reason to visit Dr. Sours regularly for a comprehensive dental exam and oral cancer screening.
You don’t have to deal with the dangers of smoking alone when help is just a phone call away. It’s time to call Dr. Charles Sours in Woodbridge, Virginia and find out more about how smoking affects your body and your smile. Call today and get the help you need!