Smoking, whether long-term or short can not only affect the teeth but also the gums. This leads to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss & in more severe cases mouth cancers.
Gum disease is the most common problem smokers are faced with; the gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. This makes it impossible for the infected gums to heal. The infected gums bleed a lot upon brushing & appear red & swollen. Often bad breathe is an indicator of gum infections also. Martin Dental is able to offer extensive oral health programmes to assist with these problems.
Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and causes gum disease to worsen quicker than a non-smoker. Most people know that smoking can cause lung and throat cancer, but many people are still unaware that smoking is one of the main causes of mouth cancer too. Every year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
Another effect of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in your tobacco. It makes many patients teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers complain their teeth go brown after years of smoking.
It is important that you visit your Dentist every 6 months for your normal check-up & clean. Your Doctor at Martin Dental will carry out regular examinations and will also examine your cheeks, tongue & throat for any signs of other conditions that may need more investigating.
We’re sure you’re tired of hearing the same old line about quitting smoking, but it’s so important to take care of your oral health. Quitting smoking is the only way to avoid a nasty chain reaction of smoking related dental issues arising. Stained teeth & gum infections CAN be reversed if caught in time. After we get your gum disease under control we can remove deep stains with bleaching.
Your body will thank you for it!!!