It happens just like in the movies. You’ve caught her eye across the crowded room. For a moment you forget about your teeth and you flash her a winning smile. Your memory returns quickly as she turns away. Your teeth are severely discolored from many years of smoking and chewing tobacco. Whitening your smile may be at the top of your list, but did you know that smoking has other detrimental effects on your oral health? Your Bowie dentist discusses the effects of smoking on your teeth and oral health.
How Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?
Besides leaving your teeth an unappealing yellowish brown color, smoking causes a host of other issues for your oral health. It reduces your immune system, and puts you at a higher risk for periodontal disease, gum recession, tooth decay and loss. Not to mention the chronic bad breath or halitosis that smoking causes.
Using smokeless, or chewing tobacco increases your risk for oral cancer. It also increases discoloration of your teeth and bad breath.
How Can I Quit Smoking?
There are a number of products and even medications designed to help you kick your smoking habit. You will also need to enlist the support of friends and family to support you. Talking with your dental provider and getting them on board with your plan will also help you quit.
Your dentist is wonderful resource for ideas on how to help you quit. They can also check in with you at your regular dental appointments to ensure that you’re making progress and achieving the results you desire. Having a team to hold you accountable helps to keep you on track.
Our highly skilled dental team at Ambiance Dental Spa would love to be your partners in quitting smoking and improving your oral health. Dr. Clarine Green Hightower and Dr. Yumna Valiulla are friendly and caring, and they understand how hard and frustrating it can be combating a habit like smoking or tobacco use, however they’re prepared to guide you through the process and be by your side every step of the way.
We offer a wide range of comprehensive services at Ambiance Dental Spa, including preventative, restorative and cosmetic services. Whether you’re looking to schedule your next dental cleaning or make changes to your smile, our doctors can meet your needs. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you quit smoking and reclaim your oral health!