Any sort of tobacco usage can have a negative effect on your oral health. Read on to learn about some of the risks associated with cigarettes, cigars, and other forms of tobacco.
Negative Effects of Tobacco on Oral Health
Tobacco causes bad breath, stains teeth, and increases your risk of oral cancer. It also reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and weakens the immune system.
Without proper oxygenation, the body is less able to fight off infection. This causes the gums to be more susceptible to developing gum disease and for gum disease to worsen more rapidly. In fact, people who smoke are twice as likely to develop gum disease compared to those who don’t!
Because tobacco compromises the body’s healing process, if a patient who uses tobacco develops gum disease, they will not respond to treatment as well as someone who doesn’t use tobacco. Prolonged gum disease can result in tooth loss and jawbone degradation, changes in facial structure, malnutrition, anxiety, and depression.
The longer gum disease goes without effective treatment, the more likely the infection will enter the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Sepsis is an abnormally severe response to infection that causes widespread inflammation, which can result in organ damage and failure.
Quit Tobacco to Improve Your Health!
At South Texas Smiles, we understand that nicotine in tobacco products is highly addictive. We encourage you to break the habit so you can restore your overall health and oral health. Speak with your general physician and our team about developing a plan to quit that takes your unique needs into account.
We want you to enjoy a lifetime of great oral health with a beautiful smile, free from the negative effects of tobacco. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with our compassionate team.Contact Us