You must be aware of the famous saying “smoking is injurious to health”. People who smoke are always at risk of gum problems, face complications after tooth extraction surgery, and also develop oral cancer. Studies say that patients who are addicted to smoking have lower resistance to infections and often suffer from impaired healing.
Dentists all over the world advise oral patients to reduce the tobacco intake so that they don’t suffer from gum disease or oral cancer in the long run. And if they don’t, then they can suffer from serious health diseases.
In this blog, we have discussed how smoking affects your oral health and why you should visit a dentist without wasting any time.
- Bone Loss – A bone loss is the result of the infection that destroys the bone surrounding the teeth. This bone is responsible for holding the teeth into the jawbone and allows people to chew with ease. Bacteria and food debris, also known as dental plaque start accumulating on the surface of the teeth over the years. If left untreated, it hardens to form calculus and tartar. This plaque and tartar again irritate the gums around the teeth and results in bone loss.
- Oral Cancer – Oral cancer is the cancer of the mouth. Tongue, cheek, and palate are the most common areas that get affected. Statistics say that almost 518 cases of oral cancer are registered every day. It further says 75% of the people affected with oral cancers were once addicted to smoking. It has been found that oral cancer in smokers is most likely to occur on the side of the tongue or on the floor of the mouth. Treatment for such a grave dental disorder primarily includes surgery, radiotherapies, and tooth extraction. But, the treatment can be successful only if they visit a dentist on time.
- Poor Healing After Dental Procedures – People who are addicted to smoking are prone to develop ‘dry socket’. This is a poorly healing tooth socket after the extraction of an affected tooth, which is extremely painful. People who smoke are more likely to suffer from pain during any oral or gum surgery. Another major problem is, dental implants are less likely to integrate into people who are addicted to smoking. Thus, it can easily be stated that the overall healing ability of the patients who smoke is much less than patients who don’t.
Apart from the above-mentioned points, smoking has numerous other side effects. So, staying away from it definitely is the best decision. And if you ever think you are suffering from any dental issue, then you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.
Long falls Dentistry – a leading dental care provider in and around Carthage, NY has been serving patients with the utmost dedication. You can visit us in case any dental issues. We are committed to making you happy every time you visit us for a dental treatment.
You can give us a call at +1 315-497-6316 or visit us directly at 40 Franklin Street St #3, Carthage, NY 13619, United States to book an appointment with our expert dentist in Carthage, NY, Dr Zeeshan Salam.