Oral health risks attached to smoking
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you. But people focus so much on the general health issues smoking causes, and tend to forget about the Oral health risks that come with it.
Some of the oral health risks involved with smoking are:
- 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
If you are a smoker and feel you have experienced any of these issues, then don’t hesitate to contact your Dentist or GP to get yourself checked over. Most importantly you must understand the risks of smoking and kick the habit, you can get help from the NHS SmokeFree Support
There are lots of websites to help you stop smoking and combat your habit. Some of these are:
You can also read this post on helpful websites to stop smoking.