Smoking Tobacco affects the whole body including the mouth. Smoking causes bad breath, stained teeth, reduced taste and changes to the gums.Smokers have a lowered resistance to infections and have impaired healing.Quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing gum disease and oral cancer, and improves the person’s response to gum treatment.
Tobacco use is one of the causes of bad breath. Smokers have an increased risk of calculus (tartar) build up which can make bad breath worse.
Constant use of mints to freshen breath may lead to problems with tooth decay. If you use mints, make sure they are sugar free.
A dental check will ensure there are no dental problems causing bad breath.
Smokers are up to 6 times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.
Long term gum disease can result in tooth loss. Smokers lose more teeth than non-smokers.
Smoking also limits the growth of blood vessels, slowing the healing of gum tissue after oral surgery or from injury.
Smoking is a major cause of oral cancers resulting in to white or red patches in the mouth that don’t go away, sores that don’t heal, changes in the way teeth fit together or lumps and swellings. Diagnosed in the early stages, oral cancers may often be successfully treated. Oral cancers can be detected during dental check ups.
People who smoke are more likely to develop a ‘dry socket’. This is a poorly healing tooth socket after a tooth extraction, which is very painful.
People who smoke are also more likely to have pain after other oral and gum surgery. Dental implants are less likely to integrate or ‘take’ in people who smoke than in non-smokers.
Contact your dentist if you have any problems after a tooth extraction, oral and gum surgery, including dental implant surgery.
Oral problems affecting people who smoke
The most common oral problems affecting people who smoke are:
Visit your dentist regularly for advice about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and have regular oral cancer checks.
Imagine an experience where your dentist not only cares for your teeth and gums but also cares for you as a whole person.
Call Bakery Hill Dental on (03) 5332 3043.