Smoking: A Real Drag On Your Oral Health
When it comes to habits, some are good, some are bad, and some are terrible. Tobacco use easily rates as one of the worst habits that anyone could pick up. As a highly addictive drug, tobacco not only causes destruction but it is also very hard to quit. There are numerous studies that reveal the negative consequences of smoking and tobacco use related to both personal and health issues.
- Bad breath – Chronic bad breath can pose significant drawbacks on both your personal life and your professional life. Tobacco has a strong smell on its own, and when it is combined with the bacteria in your mouth, it leaves for unpleasant and very pungent breath that is exhaled into the air around you.
- Tooth discoloration – Pearly white teeth are a sign of youth, health, and beauty, and people will judge you based on the appearance of your smile. People with dingy, discolored, and stained teeth due to tobacco use have significant disadvantages personally and professionally.
- Breathing issues – With every drag on a cigarette or cigar, dangerous chemicals enter the lungs and airways. These chemicals cause permanent changes to these organs, causing severe breathing issues like COPD and Emphysema.
- Lung cancer – With the permanent changes that smoking causes to the lungs, the lungs are left vulnerable to disease. Lung cancer is prominent among smokers due to irreversible damage. Lung cancer has a high death rate.
- Periodontal disease – The tissues inside the mouth are living tissues with direct blood supplies that travel through the body. Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gum tissues that surround and support the teeth. Tobacco causes the gum tissues to become raw and irritated, leaving them vulnerable to contracting infections. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among smokers. It also provides a dangerous pathway for disease to travel from the mouth to other organs through the blood supply.
- Oral cancer – As with the lungs being damaged and susceptible to disease, once the oral tissues inside the mouth become severely damaged they are also vulnerable to disease. Oral cancer is a prominent disease among smokers and tobacco users. The damage that tobacco causes to the mouth leaves it without the immunity it needs to fight off disease.
At Southern Charm Dental, we care about your oral health and your overall well-being. Our practice wants to help you overcome the damage that tobacco has caused so that you can regain your vitality and a beautiful smile. Contact us today.