Over 50 years ago the first Surgeon General's report was published stating that smoking is bad, and potentially dangerous for your health. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves recommends that patients avoid starting, or quit smoking, so they may enjoy their optimal oral health. Smoking, vaping and chewing can all negatively impact your oral health and systemic health.
Why Should I Quit Smoking?
- Smoking is linked to causing gum disease. A serious medical condition, gum disease can lead to habitually bad breath, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been tied to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease. Routine oral health care, like brushing, flossing, and routine visits to our Columbus dentist office, can help prevent gum disease. Dr. Caves offers periodontal screenings that can help catch gum disease in its early stages. Dr. Caves will suggest an individualized treatment plan depending on your gum disease progression.
- Tobacco products stunt saliva production, an essential part of your oral health. Saliva washes away debris and keeps your oral bacteria in balance. Smoking may lead to dry mouth which is a common cause for increased tooth decay and cavity development in adults. Cavities, if left untreated, may require advanced restorative dental procedures.
- Smoking can prematurely age your smile making you look older than you are. Nicotine and tobacco cause discoloration and yellowing of teeth making them look aged and unhealthy. Smoking also creates fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and on your lips. Habitual smokers may appear older than they are due to the side effects of smoking.
- Oral cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease that is directly linked to the use of tobacco products. Those who smoke are much more likely to develop oral cancer and patients as young as in their 20s are now being found to have oral cancer. Dr. Caves performs routine oral cancer screenings at every dentist office visit. Early diagnosis of oral cancer could be life-saving. If you notice white patches on your gums, be sure to schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.
Schedule A Consultation
Do not ignore the signs of poor oral health, early diagnosis is essential in avoiding advanced dental restoration procedures. If you are experiencing tooth pain, notice white patches on your gums, experience frequent sensitivity or notice a strange smell or taste to your mouth, schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.
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