The Reasons to Avoid Tobacco
It is widely known that tobacco use damages your health in numerous ways. However, did you know tobacco also takes a toll on your dental health? Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products are well-documented in causing a myriad of gum and tooth-related issues. Find out more about the consequences of tobacco on your teeth with help from your Lakewood, CO dentist.
What does tobacco use do to my teeth?
Tobacco use has proven to weaken the immune system, causing complications with simple procedures like treatment for gum disease or tooth decay. Using tobacco puts you at risk to develop serious oral issues, especially those related to the gum tissue. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, degrades the gum tissue to the point of loosening the teeth. Additionally, smoking yellows that teeth and causes staining.
Smokeless Tobacco: Not A Safe Alternative
Smokeless tobacco degrades the gum tissue, exposing the teeth’s roots. This increases the chance of tooth decay and causes sensitivity to hot and cold. Smokeless tobacco users are four times more likely to develop tooth decay than non-users and 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users. Furthermore, smokeless tobacco delivers a much higher amount of nicotine to the user, making it harder to quit than cigarettes.
Kicking the Habit
The best way to avoid the effects of tobacco use is to quit using it altogether. From nicotine gum or patches to calm the cravings to support groups, various resources are available to help you kick the habit. Your Lakewood dentist can help you find the best way to quit your smoking habit and reduce your risk for serious health issues.
Seeing your dentist every 6 months helps catch and treat oral issues early. It also keeps your teeth decay-free and healthy. For more information on quitting your tobacco habit for good, please contact Dr. Ronald L. Morse in Lakewood, CO. Call (303) 279-6929 to speak with an associate about scheduling your examination and cleaning today!