By Carrie Polster, DMD
July 05, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smoking  

It’s not surprising that smoking cigarettes can cause a host of issues for your smile.

We’ve all seen commercials that talk about the serious health problems that smoking can cause. Of course, this goes for our oral health, as well. From the office of your Midland Park, NJ family dentist Dr. Carrie Polster, find out the issues that could befall your smile if you are Smokinga smoker.

Here are only some of the problems that your smile might encounter if you continue to smoke:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Increased plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and gumline (which can lead to cavities and gum disease)
  • Tooth yellowing and stains
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease
  • Increased risk of tooth loss
  • Increased risk of jawbone loss
  • Delayed healing, particularly after surgery
  • Increased risk of dental implant failure
  • Increased likelihood of developing oral cancer

How is smoking linked to gum disease?

Smoking affects how the cells in the gums function, which can cause smokers to be more vulnerable to developing infections like gum disease. Plus, smoking also affects how the blood flows to the gums, which may also play a role in how efficiently your gums heal.

Is there a type of tobacco that might be better for your oral health?

No. Just as your dentist in Midland Park, NJ can tell you, all tobacco products (whether cigarettes or smokeless) are bad for your mouth. Tobacco products contain countless chemicals that can increase your chances of developing cancer.

Smokeless tobacco products can affect the health of the gum tissue and cause the gums to recede, which in turn can cause teeth to become loose and actually increase your chances of tooth decay.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, many smokeless tobacco products contain sugar, which as we know is anything but good for your smile. Sugar is one of the main culprits behind dental cavities, so if you are looking to get a clean bill of health from your Midland Park general dentist then it’s time to nix smoking.

Call Dr. Polster at our Midland Park, NJ family dental office to schedule your next appointment. No matter whether you are coming in for your six-month visit or you want to talk to us about your cosmetic options, we are here for you and your family.