We’re sure you’ve heard of smoker’s breath. Tar and nicotine from cigarettes settle in your oral cavity, resulting in halitosis. Outside of unpleasant breath, smoking can also cause dry mouth. With little or no saliva being created in your mouth, your body’s natural ability to break down food, swallow and cleanse your mouth of the acids and bacteria that attack your teeth is diminished.
As smoking weakens the attachment of bone and gums to your teeth, smokers are more prone to infections such as periodontal disease. Advanced stages of this disease lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss.
Smokers have a greater amount of dental plaque than non-smokers. The more you smoke, the more dental plaque you will have and the harder it will be to remove AND the greater your chances of experiencing tooth decay.
Smoking significantly raises your risk of developing oral cancer, which includes cancer of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, tongue or lip. Around two in every three (more than 60%) mouth cancers are linked to smoking.
Remember, it is never too late to quit and make positive changes not only to your dental health but your overall physical well-being. If you have questions about the effect of smoking on your dental health, feel free to call the office at 248.852.3130 or ask at your next dental check-up.