You already know that smoking isn’t doing your overall health any favors, but you might not think about specific body parts and how they’re impacted. When it comes to your mouth, though, it’s well worth paying attention. Smoking can impact your teeth and gums in serious ways, and proper care is critical to protect your oral health.
If you smoke, talk to Andrew Day, DDS, and our team at Modern Day Dental in Santa Clara, California. We can apply preventive dentistry to help identify potential issues before they grow, helping you avoid the worst oral health complications of smoking whenever possible.
To give you an idea of why it’s so important to get regular dental care when you smoke, let’s take a look at three ways cigarettes affect your oral health.
Increased risk of gum disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer some noteworthy statistics about smoking and gum health:
- Smoking doubles your risk of gum disease.
- The more you smoke and the longer your smoke, the more your risk increases.
- As a smoker, treatments may be less effective for you.
Ultimately, all of this makes it doubly important to monitor your periodontal health. If you notice any issues, seeking treatment early can help you avoid major issues with your gums.
Specifically, watch for:
- Increased gum or tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth
If you observe any of these changes in your gums, talk to Dr. Day. Whether you smoke or not, gum disease is easiest to treat when it’s caught and addressed in its early stages.
Decreased oral hygiene
Smoking can cause bad breath, as well as creating more plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. These issues decrease your oral health and hygiene in a way that you — and potentially others — will probably notice.
When you regularly visit Dr. Day for dental exams, we can clean any buildup from your teeth, keeping your mouth healthier and your breath smelling better.
Yellowed and stained teeth
One of the most noticeable ways smoking affects you takes place on one of your most noticeable features: your smile. Stained, yellow teeth can be a hallmark of a longtime smoker, even if you brush and floss regularly.
Fortunately, if your smile isn’t as bright as it once was, Dr. Day offers a variety of teeth-whitening options. Whether you want in-office or take-home treatment, he can provide you with a way to lift stains and get a whiter smile.
Long story short, smoking cigarettes means your mouth needs more attention from both you and your dentist. To ensure you’re getting the care you need, call our office or request an appointment online.