Smoking affects a considerable part of the population. In addition to the effects smoking has on general health, it is also harmful to the oral health. More specifically, smoking can cause gum disease and oral cancer.
At Smilecraft, we believe in the benefits of smoking cessation, especially when implemented by dental professionals. Instead of not addressing the elephant in the room, our dentist in Stevenage will bring up the issue with patients whose smoking habits are detrimental to their oral health.
What are the effects of smoking on your teeth and gums?
Gum disease and oral cancer are the two major conditions affecting smokers. Implant failure is also a common consequence among smokers. Other effects that smoking may have in your oral health include:
- staining and yellow teeth
- bad breath
- reduced ability to smell and taste
- oral thrush
- tooth decay and cavities
- and coated tongue.
Gum disease and smoking – a parasitic relationship
The relationship between smoking and gum disease has been well-established in the past 15 years. Clinical studies have shown that smokers have a greater risk of developing severe gum disease (periodontitis) compared to non-smokers. While the reasons behind the effects of tobacco on the gum tissue are not clearly illustrated, researchers have found that smoking delays the flow of blood to the gums, disturbing the way gum tissue responds to healing and other treatments. Moreover, the development of gum disease on smokers is likely to be considerably faster compared to non-smokers.
What can your dentist in Stevenage do?
While a dentist cannot persuade a patient to quit smoking, they can help them consider the option by providing information on smoking cessation. Our dentist in Stevenage will answer all your questions and provide adapted feedback after your examination. Your dentist can be a great ally in your quest to quitting smoking since you have a longstanding relationship with them and you see them regularly.
There are many methods and nicotine replacement therapy products that can help you quit smoking, so it comes down to what fits your lifestyle and individual needs. In general, there is no compelling evidence that one technique is more successful than another and often a combination of treatments can prove more beneficial.