Tobacco Use and Dental Health
It is no secret that smoking has many negative health effects
For starters, there is a national surgeon general warning against tobacco products. Secondly, as many former smokers are quitting this habit, it is becoming less acceptable to smoke in public places. However, some people have a lot of trouble kicking this habit. Besides the many negative overall body effects and harms, smoking has a very negative effect on one’s oral health as well.
The first factor which most people consider is bad breath
Smokers often experience this symptom and are not sure why. However, dental professionals agree that bad breath can be an indicator of many of health complications. It is important to consult with a dental professional for regular examinations and cleanings, to prevent and diagnose these symptoms.
Secondly, many smokers experience gum disease
Attending bi-annual cleanings and checkups can help prevent gingivitis and other gum diseases and conditions, many of which are irreversible. Any bumps or sightings inside the mouth should be brought to the attention of a dental professional immediately, as smokers have an increased risk for many forms of oral cancer as well.
Call us at Finley Dentistry today to schedule your appointment to a healthier, happier smile! You don’t have to be a smoker to be proactive about your dental care.
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