All smokers and non smokers alike understand and can not deny the harmful proven effects of smoking for one’s health. The ways cigarettes are bad for you are truly countless because depending on many factors of your own body they can effect and create all kinds of customized problems! We understand and know that quitting smoking is hard and takes a very heavy level of commitment. If you smoke, we don’t judge you, we care about you. You want us to care.
As a small reminder of possible outcomes of smoking, especially concerning your dental care and oral health, we’ve comprised a list 10 things to consider before your next drag.
- Bad breath
Ash really does get into your mouth when you smoke, so when someone says “kissing a smoker is like kissing an ashtray” they are being logically accurate.
If your boss had bad breath would you respect her/him more or less?
- Tooth discoloration
Yellow teeth? Is it really worth that? I know you don’t see your teeth as often during the day as we all do, but you don’t make any great first impressions with discolored teeth. Your concerns about your dental care seem evident with yellow teeth.Read about Eagle Rock Dental Care teeth whitening services here.
- Gland inflammation
An inflamed gland can lead to dry mouth, pain, fevers, and surprise: bad breath.
- Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
Plaque leads to cavities which lead to getting your cavity filled at the dentist. Is that worth it?
- Increased loss of bone within the jaw
As your jaw losses bone and shrinks it will weaken and you run the risk of losing your teeth.
- Increased risk of leukoplakia
This is when you have white patches inside the mouth. These white patches can’t be scrapped off.
- Increased risk of developing gum disease
The leading cause of tooth loss. Dentures are not fun. Ask anyone wearing them.
- Always having prolonged healing processes
As you smoke, every time you have to have a tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery, it will take you longer to heal.
- Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
So if you do have to have all of your teeth pulled eventually, it still won’t be as easy for you to wear dental implants as it would’ve been for a nonsmoker. That’s a lose-lose situation.
- Increased risk of developing oral cancer
This is listed last, but only because you should know this one already. Oral cancer is a horrible thing to fight. We hope you never have to.
If Eagle Rock Dental Care can do anything to help persuade you from buying your next pack, let us know. We are the dentists you can come to in Idaho Falls, Arco or Rexburg who truly care about your health and well being.