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Smoking’s Effects On Oral Health

Nobody in this day and age can argue that smoking cigarettes is a good choice for your health. Lung cancer is a well known potential consequence and there is plenty of information out there about how damaging cigarettes can be to your overall health.

City Dental Centers wants to remind our patients why smoking is more specifically a bad idea when it comes to your oral health. We are happy to present this article with some of the effects that smoking can have on the oral health of those who choose to participate in this dangerously unhealthy habit.

Basic Side Effects

While these side effects are cause for concern, these are just some of the serious side effects of smoking:

  • Discoloration of the teeth
  • Increased buildup of tartar and plaque on the teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia, or white patches in the mouth
  • Dental implant procedures have a lower success rate
  • Delayed healing process for many dental procedures

These side effects alone are pretty serious, but we will dive further into a couple more you should be especially concerned about: gum disease and oral cancer.

Gingivitis and Gum Disease

Not only does gingivitis and gum disease cause the gums to bleed, but the condition can be especially painful and eventually result in lost teeth if not treated effectively. Smoking substantially increases the risks of developing gingivitis and gum disease. This is exponentially worse if smoking is combined with other bad oral health habits, such as not brushing and flossing regularly or consuming large amounts of alcohol.

Oral Cancer

Because of all the ways smoking deteriorates the teeth and gums, there is a much higher risk of developing oral cancer as well when you are a smoker compared to being a non-smoker.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A white or red patch in the mouth
  • An irritation, sore, thick patch, or lump in the lip, mouth, or throat
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • A feeling as though something is caught in the throat
  • Numbness of any areas of the mouth, including the tongue
  • Pain in one ear without the loss of hearing
  • Swelling of the jaw

If you suspect that you have oral cancer, it is important to see a dentist immediately and to cut back or eliminate any contributing behaviors if you can. Oral cancer can result in devastating effects to your oral health. While prevention through being proactive is the best way to protect yourself, if you have oral cancer, early treatment is the next best thing.

City Dental Centers is here for all your oral health concerns. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call or click one of the links below!

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City Dental Centers and City Dental Kids & Braces are the number one choice in resolving your dental  needs. We understand that your health and well being is of vital importance to you and your family. Let us help when it comes to all your dental and oral health concerns! We look forward to continuing to serve you and our communities both locally and abroad. There’s always more you can learn as a dentist, and we look forward to continuing to better serve you in the months and years to come!

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City Dental Centers and City Dental Kids & Braces were established by Dr. Sam Shahoveisi and Dr. Michael Danial to bring the experience of being like family to patients. With multiple locations across Southern California, City Dental Centers and City Dental Kids & Braces are the best choice for any and all of your dental concerns. The professionalism of their doctors will ensure you the best possible care before, during, and after your dental procedure.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 888-553-7775. 

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