The weekend has finally arrived! You’re so excited to head out of your office to your favorite happy hour with co-workers. As you order your signature cocktail, you reach for your pack of cigarettes. Before you light up however, there are a few things you should know. Your Putnam dentist discusses the effects of tobacco on your oral health.
Tobacco and Oral Health
Most of us understand that tobacco is not good for our health, however did you know that it’s also impacting your oral health? And not in a good way. Besides the obvious effects of tobacco such as chronic halitosis, or bad breath, and tooth discoloration and staining, there are a number of other serious consequences when you use tobacco products such as:
- Increased risk for oral cancer
- Inability to taste or smell effectively
- Increased risk for gum disease
- Difficulties healing after dental procedures such as extraction
- Complications during implant procedures
Whether you smoke or chew tobacco the effects to your oral health can be devastating. Did you know that around 80% of people who suffer from oral cancer are tobacco users? Tobacco products also accelerate the progress of gum disease, which is the leading cause for tooth loss in American adults.
Tips for Quitting Tobacco Use
When you’ve decided you want to quit using tobacco products, it may seem like a long road ahead. With an effective plan in place, and the support of friends and family however, you’ll be able to achieve your goal. Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn are also here to support you, and we’ll offer helpful tips and help monitor your progress at your routine dental checkups.
There are also many helpful resources available to assist you along the way. You may also want to consider exercise, chewing gum, or using a nicotine patch as you learn to live without tobacco products. Just remember that you are not alone.
Contact our Office
If you want to learn more about the effects of tobacco on your oral health, or schedule your next dental appointment, we encourage you to call your dentist in Putnam. You’ll be glad that you took the time to invest in your health and well being.