With CVS discontinuing tobacco sales, it’s time to think about how smoking impacts oral health. We are all very aware that smoking can cause cancer and can speed up ones aging process, however not many people know that it can directly affect ones oral health as well. We at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates are dedicated to providing our patients with the knowledge to care for their teeth during their typical daily routines.
According to WebMD, smoking can lead to many dental problems including:
- Bad breath
- Tooth discoloration
- Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
- Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
- Increased loss of bone within the jaw
- Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
- Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss
- Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
- Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
- Increased risk of developing oral cancer
All of these problems that are caused by smoking are preventable! Get your life back and your oral health back on track. You’ll thank yourself and your teeth will thank you in the long run.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment at our Great Neck or Hicksville location for a checkup to see if any damage has already occurred.