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Posts for: March, 2015

By Beaumont Smile Center
March 25, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tobacco  

By now, most people realize how damaging tobacco smoking is for your overall health. But many people don't realize just how harmful it is for your teeth and gums. Since your mouth is the first point of contact for tobacco smoke, it is one of the first parts of Teeth Whitening your body to suffer.

Tobacco Causes Staining and Tooth Discoloration

Tobacco products contain toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on teeth. The chemicals stain tooth enamel and cause permanent yellowing. Many whitening products may not be able to remove all the stains, especially after long-term smoking.

Tobacco Causes an Increase in Gum Disease

Those who smoke cigarettes are the most at risk
for developing gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, which could result in the need for expensive dentures or dental implants. Smoking can also cause gum disease treatments to be less effective.

Tobacco Can Cause Slower Healing Times

If you need oral surgery or dental implants, your healing time will be significantly longer if you are a smoker. Smoking tends to cause a higher failure rate for dental implants. Tobacco smoke can also cause painful dry sockets after tooth extraction which significantly increases recovery time.

Tobacco Increases Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Studies show that as much as 80% of oral cancer patients are smokers. Dentists also caution patients against the combined effects of alcohol and tobacco smoke. Those who drink alcohol and smoke tobacco are 15 times more likely to develop oral cancer than someone who does not.

If you are concerned about the effects of tobacco smoke on your smile, talk to your dentist right away. Your dentist can perform an oral examine to determine how your teeth and gums have been impacted. The dentists of Beaumont Smile Center offer tooth whitening to help restore your teeth to their pearly white. Schedule an appointment today to find out how your dentist can help you get your smile back.