By : D. Santos
January 21-28 is National Non-Smoking Week. If your New Year's resolution involved butting out for good, you can find helpful advice/tips at: https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-13-best-quit-smoking-tips-ever
In addition to your lungs and heart, tobacco use is also detrimental to your smile.
- Smoking increases the risk of oral cancer, which can progress rapidly and be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early.
- Smoking also increases the risk and severity of gum disease, one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.
- Smoking tends to delay healing after oral surgery.
- Smoking can damage gum tissue, causing receding gums. Exposed root surfaces can be unsightly and temperature sensitive.
- Smoking can cause bad breath and affect the senses of taste and smell
- Smoking causes increased staining of the teeth.
Your dental provider can also educate you by demonstrating an oral cancer screening that could be performed by yourself at home. This will aid in detection of the disease, and with earlier detection the better the prognosis for treatment.