How does smoking affect the mouth?

Submitted by Aventura Dentists on June 12, 2012

Smoking is harmful to many parts of your body, but many people do not consider the effect it can have on Oral Health. Smoking can cause periodontal disease, delay healing of the mouth, and increases the risk of oral cancer. Additionally, it worsens bad breath, and the stains that accumulate from the tar are generally tough to remove without help from a dentist.

Check out this video from the ADA about the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout”:

Smoking can contribute to the following problems with the mouth:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Salivary gland inflammation
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Increase of plaque and tartar buildup
  • More risk of gum disease, oral cancer, and periodontal disease

In addition to immediate benefits to your oral health, cessation of smoking also reduces your risks high blood pressure, heart disease, and lung cancer. Smokers who quit get to promptly see a whiter smile and better gum health.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Segal & Dr. Rosenstein to check on the state of your oral health, call (305) 933-9911.

Dr. Steven Rosenstein and Dr. Barry Segal
3575 NE 207th St,
Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: (305) 933-9911