For years doctors have been telling the world that smoking is bad for your health. It has been the habit of many to ignore those warnings and continue on quid pro quo, however as studies continue to show the negative effects of tobacco use on your body it may be time to pay attention.
Aside from the connection between tobacco and heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and cancer, tobacco use (smoking and chewing) can also lead to the following problems:
* 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
Want more information about how your tobacco use might be affecting your oral health? Contact Dr. Steven Poss – your Nashville Cosmetic Dentist to learn more about what you can do to reverse the effects and create a healthier lifestyle.
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