By James L. Pyle, DDS
October 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: smoking  

If you are a smoker, find out what this bad habit could be doing to your smile.

With all the articles and stories talking about how smoking impacts your health, it’s surprising that about 40 million Americans still smoke smokingcigarettes. In fact, this habit is one of the leading causes of preventable diseases, according to the CDC. From the office of our Durham, NC dentist, Dr. James Pyle, find out more about what smoking can actually do to your smile.

Do You Have a Yellow Smile?

Dealing with stained teeth? Blame your cigarette habit. Nicotine, tar and a variety of ingredients found in tobacco can cause some pretty nasty dental stains. If you are a long-time cigarette smoker, chances are good that teeth are even a touch brown from all the years of smoking. If you want to remove stains from your teeth, talk to our Durham cosmetic dentist about your treatment options.

Are Your Gums Not Feeling Their Best?

Smoking doesn’t just affect the health of your teeth but also your gums. People who smoke regularly are more likely to have an increase in bad bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria also increase the amount of plaque buildup that remains on your teeth and gums. As a result, many smokers often suffer from cavities and/or gum disease. Serious or untreated gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss.

Does it Take Your Mouth Longer to Heal?

Smoking also decreases blood flow to the gums, so if you are dealing with an infection expect a much longer or more unpleasant healing period. Smoking greatly increases your recovery time, plus it also affects the success rate of dental implants. If you need to replace a missing tooth and want a dental implant, an ideal candidate will have quit smoking prior to their implant procedure.

Are You at a High Risk for Cancer?

While most people know that smoking can increase your risk of throat and lung cancer, you may not be aware that it can also increase your chances of oral cancer, too. Thousands of people die each year from smoking-related oral cancer.

So if you want to get a clean bill of health the next time you visit our Durham, NC dental office you’ll want to ditch this habit. But you don’t have to go it alone; we can offer up advice, tips and even local support groups that you can turn to get the treatment and support you need to stop smoking for good.