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3 Ways Tobacco Impacts Your Oral Health (That You Might Not Expect)

The adverse effects that tobacco has on your body are endless. From trouble with breathing to oral cancer, most of us realize that smoking or using tobacco products is harmful to our health. But there are actually many ways that tobacco impacts your oral health that may surprise you. Your dentist in Monroe, MI shares some examples.

Periodontal Health

Did you know that people who smoke or use tobacco products are more susceptible to lower immunity resulting in more infections?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth, making smokers more likely to develop gum disease. Tobacco use makes it harder to heal from periodontal therapy since smoking impairs blood flow to the gums. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Bone Loss

Smoking also contributes to bone loss, affecting the success of dental implants and also negatively impacting the support for those who wear dentures. The loss of your bone can also change the appearance of your face, giving you an older and sunken appearance.

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Smoking is responsible for increased amounts of plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. It can be hard to remove the stubborn buildup with daily brushing and flossing.

It also causes yellowish brown staining that is hard to remove with brushing alone. It may require a professional cleaning or whitening treatments to eliminate the discoloration that tobacco causes.

If you are ready to quit smoking, your team at Kuras Dental Health Associates is happy to support you with ideas for eliminating tobacco from your life. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment and talk with one of our friendly dentists about your concerns and goals for your oral health.