The Impact Of Smoking On Tooth And Mouth Health

Smoking causes dental problems, among others :
  •     Bad breath.
  •     Tooth discoloration.
  •     Inflammation of the salivary gland openings in the roof of the mouth.
  •     Increased plaque and tartar accumulation on the teeth.
  •     The loss of bone in the jaw increases.
  •     The risk of leukoplakia increases, ie white patches in the mouth.
  •     The risk of gum disease increases, which is the main cause of tooth loss.
  •     The healing process after tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery is prolonged.
  •     The dental implant procedure has a lower success rate.
  •     The risk of oral cancer increases.
How Does Smoking Cause Gum Disease?

Cigarettes and other tobacco products can cause gum disease because it affects the bone and soft tissue attachment of your teeth. More specifically, smoking seems to disrupt the normal functioning of gum tissue cells. These disorders make smokers more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease, and also appear to interfere with blood flow to the gums, which can affect wound healing. 

Do Cigarette Pipes and Cigars Cause Dental Problems?

Yes it can. Just like cigarettes, cigar and cigarette pipe can cause oral health problems. According to the results of a 23-year long study, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, cigar smokers have porous teeth and porous alveolar bone (ie, the corrosion of the jawbone into an anchor) at a speed equal to that of a smoker. Pipe smokers also have the same risk of porous teeth as smokers. Beyond this risk, pipe and cigar smokers are still at risk for oral and throat cancers, even if they do not inhale cigarettes and other consequences such as bad breath, stained teeth, and an increased risk of periodontal disease (gums). 

Are Tobacco Products Safe Without Smoke?

No. Just like cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products (such as tobacco inhaled and chewed) contain at least 28 chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer and throat and throat cancers. In fact, chewing tobacco contains more nicotine levels than cigarettes, which causes the user more difficult to stop. So can one tobacco cans inhaled, can give more nicotine more than 60 cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing gums to shrink from your teeth. Once the gum tissue shrinks, the roots of the teeth become exposed, thus increasing the risk of decaying teeth (tooth decay). The roots of open teeth are also more sensitive to hot and cold or other irritants, thus making feeding and drinking uncomfortable. In addition, sugar ingredients that are often added to enhance smokeless tobacco flavors can increase the risk of decaying teeth. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that chewing tobacco users are four times more likely to develop decayed teeth than those who do not use them. Tobacco smoke also usually contains fine sand and gravel, which can make your teeth wear out. 

Eliminate Tobacco Habits 

Regardless of how long you've used tobacco products, if you stop using them now, the serious risks to your health will be reduced. Eleven years after quitting smoking, the possibility of former smokers exposed to periodontal disease (gums) is not much different than those who never smoking.In fact, by reducing the frequency of your smoking can help lower your risk of getting gum disease. One study found that smokers who reduced their smoking habits to less than half a pack a day had only the risk of developing gum disease three times larger than non-smokers. This figure is significantly lower than the risk of people who smoke more than one and a half pack per day that is six times higher than non-smokers.Another study published in the Journal of the AmericanDental Association found that the mouth disease leukoplakia lesions can be completely healed within 6 weeks of 97.5% of users of smokeless tobacco products stopped using the product. Some statistics from the American Cancer Society show some other serious reasons for quitting smoking. They state that:
About 90% of people with cancers, lips, tongue and throat cancer use tobacco, and the risk of this cancer increases with increasing frequency of smoking or chewing tobacco and smoking duration. Smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop this cancer.
About 37% of patients who remain smoked after their cancer improves, will develop cancer second time from cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. This amount is greater than those who quit smoking is 6%.

How Can I Stop Using Tobacco?

To stop using tobacco, your dentist or doctor may be able to help relieve your nicotine addiction with drugs, such as chewing gum and nicotine patches. Some of these products are OTC medicines, while others require a doctor's prescription. Other drugs (such as Zyban) require a doctor's prescription. Class stop smoking and support groups are often used in conjunction with drug therapy. The program is offered through local hospitals in your community and sometimes through your employer or health insurance company. Ask your doctor or dentist for information on similar programs that they may know. Herbal remedies and also hypnosis and acupuncture are other treatments that may help you stop tobacco habit.

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