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For Your Oral Health: Seven Reasons to Quit Smoking TODAY

Ready to quit smoking for good? Our experts at Wildwood Dental are here to help encourage you with some oral health reasons why you should take the plunge!

You probably already know smoking increases the risk of lung cancer and gum disease, but did you know that even more oral health problems are caused by smoking? These include:

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  • Tooth loss and infected tooth roots – twice the rate of non-smokers – due to plaque and tartar buildup that encourages dental decay.

  • A reduced ability to fight infection, including in the mouth and gums.

  • Reduced effectiveness of gum disease treatments, which can help stop or delay tooth loss.

  • Slowing down your body’s ability to heal from injury or surgery, including tooth extraction and oral surgery.

  • Discolored teeth. Studies show that people consider a white smile as an indicator of youth – don’t let smoking age you!

  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth.

  • An increased risk of developing cancer. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, about 90% of people with cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat use tobacco — and the risk increases with the amount smoked or chewed and the duration of the habit.

The positive side is no matter how long you’ve used tobacco products, quitting today can dramatically reduce your risk of developing these issues. Over time, many of these health risks will actually diminish until they are almost at levels for non-smokers. It’s never too late to quit!

Do pipes, cigars and smokeless tobacco carry the same risks as cigarettes? YES! All of the risks that apply to cigarettes apply to other tobacco products as well. Items like snuff and chewing tobacco contain chemicals that increase the risk of oral cancer and cancers of the throat and esophagus. Even smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing periodontal disease due to gum recession.

During your routine cleanings, our dentists at Wildwood Dental provide a comprehensive exam to determine any health issues that may have arisen due to smoking. Early detection is key and regular dental check-ups can literally save your life. If you haven’t visited us recently, be sure to schedule an appointment today!

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