Dental Tips Blog

Oct
22

Does Smoking Really Affect My Teeth?

Smoking takes quite a toll on your whole body. Smoking impacts your lungs, weight, mind, and much more! Also, if you have ever questioned if smoking affects your oral health, rest assured that it absolutely does. Smoking affects your oral health and your teeth immensely.

  • Stains – Smoking will discolor your teeth over time. Your teeth will appear yellow, stained, and aged. And unlike popular opinion, the stains are below the surface and deep in the enamel. Most likely you would have to have a professional whitening procedure to whiten your teeth once they have been stained.
  • Gum Disease – Smokers will experience a different set of symptoms with gum disease. Basically if you smoke gum disease symptoms will be hidden. Your gums will not bleed when you floss or brush. Because the symptoms are not noticeable the gum disease cannot be caught at the beginning of the disease.
  • Tooth Loss – When you smoke your gums don’t have the amount of blood supply that they need so your gums can shrink and recede. Smokers also have a much high chance of gum disease. Keeping an infection deep in the gums can eventually make teeth loose. Bone loss can happen from bad infections as well. And unfortunately bone loss is not reversible.

If you are a smoker it is very important to schedule an appointment to see your Lorton dentists as well as your dental hygienist for routine checkups and cleanings. These appointments will allow your dentist to fully evaluate your oral health and screen for different types of cancer.

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