The facts about smoking and your oral health
Smoking is highly addictive and can be a deadly habit. At the very least it damages your entire body, including your teeth and soft tissue inside your mouth. Smoking is also the main risk factor for periodontal disease, which can cause you to lose your teeth. Dr. G. Michael Ogden at Ogden Dental in Columbia, Missouri wants you to know what smoking does to your smile.
The best advice is to quit smoking for the health of your body and your smile. While you are trying to quit, Dr. Ogden wants you to know some of the ways smoking affects your smile, and what you can do about it.
From a cosmetic standpoint, smoking will stain your teeth. You can minimize this by brushing your teeth after smoking, or at least rinsing your mouth with water. Dr. Ogden can help you get your white smile back by providing a professional dental whitening treatment. You can choose from:
- In-office teeth whitening, which takes about an hour; perfect for busy people
- Take-home whitening kits, which you can use in the privacy of your home when it’s convenient for you
Smoking also dramatically affects the health of your gums and the bone supporting your teeth. Smoking weakens your immune system and your body’s ability to fight off oral infection caused by bacterial plaque. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) smokers are:
- Twice as likely to have gum disease
- Less likely to benefit from gum and periodontal disease treatment
- More likely to have increasingly severe gum disease the more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke them
Gum disease if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease, which is an infection of the underlying bone. This leads to bone loss and possible loss of teeth. Again, if you smoke, developing periodontal disease becomes far more likely.
Dr. Ogden wants you to know if you are a smoker, you need to come in for regular dental examinations, x-rays, and professional cleanings. If you do develop periodontal disease, he offers a full range of services including periodontal therapy, root planing, and periodontal surgery.
There are many reasons why it’s important to stop smoking for the health of your body and the health and beauty of your smile. For more information on what smoking does to your smile call Dr. G. Michael Ogden at Ogden Dental in Columbia, Missouri. Call today and protect your smile!