Tobacco Use and Oral Health

Categories: Dental, Oral Hygiene

photo_dental_-_cigarette_burning_moneyYour Dental and Overall Health Up in Smoke!

Years ago, it was fashionable to smoke. How times have changed!

In today’s world, whether it’s cigarettes, a pipe or cigar, you are banned from almost any social environment if you smoke. Even your teeth will retaliate!

The Risks to Your Dental Health from Smoking

Smoking affects the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Smoking impairs blood flow to the gums. As a result, when you wear down the bone and soft tissue and have limited blood flow, your gums will become ineffective in wound healing. And, it is evident, that smoking causes wounds.

Smokeless products are no better. They contain many chemicals that can irritate your gums, causing gum tissue to recede and pull away from the teeth, making it easy for bacteria to enter and thrive.

The more obvious signs of damage to your teeth from smoking are discoloration, bad breath, stains and tartar, damaging the gums causing swelling and redness; makings for a very unattractive smile.

Let’s face it! Smoking of any kind is unattractive, harmful to your teeth and to your overall health.

If You Smoke, Get a Dental Checkup

It’s no news that smoking can cause throat cancer and cancer of the mouth. If you are a smoker, protect yourself with regular dental checkups.

Ocean County dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem will conduct a thorough oral exam to detect early signs of damage to your gums and teeth resulting from smoking.

Dr. Rotem is experienced with dental problems that result from smoking and tobacco use. Ask Dr. Rotem to start you on a good oral health regimen to ensure the optimum oral health possible for you if you’re a smoker.

Don’t let smoking continue to burn a hole in your wallet. Call Dr. Rotem today and get the dental care and oral health regimen you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy from the effects of tobacco use and smoking.