Are You Trying To Quit Smoking? Your Teeth Will Thank You!
There’s more information available than ever before proving just how bad smoking is for you. The chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products are harmful to your entire body, especially your mouth. Whether you’ve noticed any side effects or not, there’s a good chance those chemicals have already started to take a toll on your oral health.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we can help make your smoking habit a thing of the past. It all starts with a visit to our office for a consultation, but in the meantime, learn more about why you should give up the habit to protect your teeth.
Smoking & Oral Health Problems
Smoking is incredibly harmful to your entire body but has a particularly detrimental effect on your oral health. Some of the dental problems caused by smoking include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- More plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth
- Inflamed salivary gland openings on the roof of your mouth
- Jawbone deterioration
- Higher risk of white patches inside the mouth, known as leukoplakia
- Higher risk of gum disease and potential tooth loss
- A longer healing time after a tooth extraction, gum disease treatment, or oral surgery
- Higher risk of developing oral cancer
- Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
Here’s Why You Should Quit Smoking Right Now
No matter how long you’ve been smoking, quitting now can make a major difference for your health. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 90% of people with cancer of the mouth, lips, throat, and tongue use tobacco. Your risk for these cancers increases with how much you smoke or chew and the duration. The American Cancer Society also reports that if you smoke, you’re six times more likely to develop these cancers than nonsmokers.
Additionally, researchers have found that smokers with gum disease who stopped smoking saw a significant improvement in their condition within just one year of giving up the habit.
An improvement in the condition of your teeth and gums means you’re less likely to experience tooth loss and bone deterioration over time. You’re also giving up a habit responsible for staining your teeth.
Tips To Help You Stop Smoking
It’s no easy feat to stop smoking, especially if you’ve been smoking for years. But it is possible. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want to remind you that you don’t have to fight the habit by yourself. There are several options and resources available to help you break the habit and give up smoking for good.
When you visit our Rochester Hills, MI dental office and express your desire to stop smoking, we will happily get you on the right track. Depending on your individual needs, we may be able to help ease your nicotine cravings with medication. There are gums and patches available over the counter that can help with your nicotine cravings, as well as over-the-counter and prescription medications.
There are also classes and support groups available that can make a big difference. You may be surprised by how helpful it can be to be with people who are going through the same thing you are. Sometimes your employer or health insurance company offers programs for people trying to quit smoking. Feel free to ask us about any of the programs we’re familiar with.
Don’t Hesitate To Call, We Can Help!
Even if your teeth have already seen the effects of smoking, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here to help you and won’t make you feel embarrassed or ashamed because of the condition of your teeth. We will always encourage you to make healthy choices, especially when it comes to the condition of your teeth.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, your health and happiness are our top priorities. We are more than happy to guide you toward better, healthier decisions if you express the desire to give up unhealthy habits.