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    Tobacco and Your Oral Health


    There are a variety of ways people consume tobacco. They might smoke cigarettes or cigars. Others use chewing tobacco. While health risks such as lung cancer and heart disease are well-known, tobacco can also be detrimental to your oral health. Consider the impact of tobacco on your teeth and gums and what you can do about it.

    Risks Associated with Tobacco and Oral Health

    Smoking and chewing tobacco boost your risk of dental problems. If you’ve been ignoring the warning labels on tobacco products, it’s time to pay attention and take action. Using tobacco puts you at an increased risk of gum disease, throat and mouth cancer, and tooth decay. Plus, it can take longer to heal after oral surgery, and you might not be able to get dental implants if you experience tooth loss as a result of smoking.

    The best way to avoid these dental problems is to quit smoking. Some people find brushing their teeth helps them avoid smoking or chewing tobacco because they prefer the fresh feeling in their mouths. There are many ways to kick the habit, including smoking cessation clinics, acupuncture, hypnosis, and more. Talk to your doctor and dentist about ways to quit tobacco.

    How Tobacco Impacts Your Oral Functions

    On a daily basis, the use of tobacco also has a negative impact on basic oral functions. Smokers often have bad breath that is difficult to get rid of, even when they brush, floss, and use oral rinses. The smell lingers on the smoker’s breath. Plus, tobacco causes staining on a person’s teeth and tongue. Many smokers have yellowed or brownish teeth due to the nicotine residue from smoking or chewing tobacco.

    This can make them fell self-conscious about smiling or opening their mouths. Also, tobacco users experience a diminished sense of smell and taste. This means they enjoy their favorite foods less because they can’t fully taste or smell them. And smokers frequently experience dry mouth. Saliva rinses away bacteria in the mouth.

    A lack of saliva means more bacteria that clings to the teeth and lead to dental decay. The result can be cavities, root canals, and extractions. These are all real-life reasons to quit using tobacco and protect your oral health.

    How to Care for Your Smoker’s Teeth

    The first step toward taking care of your teeth is to quit smoking. Even if you haven’t quit yet, it’s time to take control of your oral hygiene. Make an appointment with a dentist to get a routine exam and x-rays to determine the extent of the damage done to your teeth. If your teeth are stained from nicotine, tooth whitening can help make them whiter and brighter. In just one or two sessions, you can see a visible difference that can help inspire you to put away the tobacco forever.

    Long-term smokers may have tooth decay, receding gums, sore gums, and other dental problems. This could require filling cavities, root canal, or extractions. You will need to stop smoking so your mouth can heal after procedures such as extractions.

    And you may not have the option of getting dental implants to replace lost teeth until you quit smoking for awhile. Talk to your dentist about how you can improve the health and appearance of your teeth after smoking.

    Smoking can lead to a myriad of health problems including dental decay and oral cancer. It is important to find a way to help you quit smoking so you can improve your oral health. Visit a Hammond dentist to determine what you can do to help prevent dental decay and gum disease while you take steps to become a non-smoker.


Advanced Dental Concept Google Reviews

Advanced Dental Concepts
Reviewed from Google

4.9 out of 5 stars

Gracie Franklin
Gracie Franklin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a dentist near me and my sister recommended Advanced Dental Concept! My whole experience was good. I was treated nicely the moment I walked in. The place was welcoming and the staff was friendly. I had my check up there and will come back for my teeth whitening treatment!

Catherine Pearson
Catherine Pearson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I found the right orthodontist for me here in Hammond, LA here at this dental facility. When it comes to oral health, I really want the best and I really did search the city for the best ortho for me. When I got here, I am so happy and relieved that I finally found the one for me. She was very attentive and she made me feel very comfortable. The treatment is also very effective and now I have straight,white teeth!

Jacklyn Myers
Jacklyn Myers

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was advised to see an orthodontist to correct my bite. I am glad I saw your website and read some of the reviews. By reading those customers testimonials, I decided to go visit your dentist and I am not disappointed by the service you have given me. Added factors are the place is clean and well maintained.

Tayler Evans
Tayler Evans

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

THE DENTISTS AND STAFF ARE AMAZING! I haven't been to the dentist in 10+ years because my last visit was so traumatizing. Recently my tooth broke and another was fractured due to me constantly grinding them in my sleep. I couldn't have wished for better service. They were so nice and kind to me. The dentist kept me informed of everything that was going on while she was doing it. The office was really clean and comfortable. I even got a call a few days later to see how I was doing and was informed that I could come in for a follow up appointment to check the healing process free of charge! I would definitely recommend them and will be going back on a regular basis. Extremely satisfied customer....Donna Evans

Jesse Scott
Jesse Scott

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I had my dental implant done here and I was able to save money since I grabbed their new patient special promo! It was a wise decision and a great offer for new patients like me!

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