Your Smile Thanks You for Not Smoking
posted: Sep. 19, 2014.
Most people pick up the habit of smoking knowing it’s bad for their health, so if you’re a smoker, we won’t insult you by reiterating the point, again. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try to get you to quit. If your good health isn’t reason enough to get you to put down the butt, maybe appealing to your vanities will make quitting a little more tempting to you…
Smokers come with some highly unattractive qualities, many of which present themselves in the smile, unfortunately. Here are just a few that we tend to see in our smoking patients:
· Discolored teeth
· Bad breath
· Increased build up of plaque and tarter
· Increased bone loss
· Increased risk of tooth loss
· Lower success rate of dental implants once all those teeth fall out
However, cosmetics aren’t a deal breaker for everyone. We understand that. So if cosmetics aren’t your thing, maybe think about the risks to your smile your habit is causing…
· Inflammation of the salivary glands, causing openings in the roof of the mouth
· Increased risk of leukoplakia, or white patches in the mouth (both aesthetically concerning and a health hazard)
· Increased risk of gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss)
· Delayed healing time following tooth extraction, oral surgery or other comprehensive treatment
· Increased risk of oral cancer, which has little more than 50% survival rate if left undetected past the first stages
So, we know that you know that smoking is bad for your health, but we figured if you’re going to do it, you should at least know all of the facts, and that smoking does come with some very unattractive side effects.
If anything, consider your smile! Visit us today at http://www.lakeshorefamilydentist.com/library/15/Tobacco.html or give us a call at (651) 429-3348 to see how we can help you kick the habit and recreate the beautiful smile of your pre-smoking days.