Bite Dental Studios Brisbane City Dentist

The link between smoking and oral health

The last few weeks we’ve had a number of patients discuss the fact they’re having a go at quitting smoking. Today, there is an enormous amount of information available to indicate that smoking has a negative impact on your health and a huge array of aids to help in the quitting process.

Bite Dental encourages you to put down that cigarette for better oral healthMost people are aware of the risk for oral cancer from smoking, but you may be surprised that eliminating smoking will do more for you than just about any other kind of dental health protocol (not that we advocate quitting brushing and flossing at the same time).

While you may not realize it, smoking changes the whole environment of the mouth. It decreases saliva flow which increases the risk of gum disease, erosion and decay. It also makes dental treatments less likely to succeed or survive.

Tooth stains and bad breath

Have you ever met someone and felt like you had a good rapport, yet something felt wrong? If you smoke and the other person doesn’t, your breath is enough to turn them off before they even get to know you. Even though you can use teeth whitening agents to remove tobacco stains from your teeth, there is no hiding the smell of stale cigarette smoke from your breath. In fact, you may even find that trying to cover bad breath from smoking with mouthwashes will make it seem

even worse.

Smoking and gum disease

As you may be aware, cigarette smoke includes a number of chemicals. As these settle on your teeth and gums, they can cause all kinds of damage. Even if your gums are only affected slightly from cigarette smoke, it can still lead to long-term problems. This includes receding gums that will expose the roots to bacteria that will infect them and cause gum disease. Smoking also masks the signs of inflammation in the mouth making it seem like a ‘healthy place’. Often when you quit smoking you will notice an increase in bleeding gums which has been hidden. If left untreated this can cause major damage to the structures that keep your teeth firmly attached in your mouth.

Oral cancer and smoking

When you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, there is always a chance that you will develop some type of oral cancer. Even though our exams are designed to help detect this, it is important to realize that this form of cancer spreads faster than many other kinds. Aside from growing fairly quickly, oral tumours can also get into the lymph system fairly quickly. Since these nodes happen to be in the neck, removing them tends to be much harder than in other parts of the body. Therefore, if you smoke and fail to pay attention to good oral care, you might wind up in a bit of trouble. At the same time, you may also find that your treatment options are more limited than you may have been expecting.

Here at Bite Dental, we know that smoking has a negative impact on your dental health. While we are not going to force you to stop smoking, we can still do our best to ensure that as little damage occurs to your teeth as possible. When you visit our office, you will receive personalised care, as well as answers to all of your vital questions about smoking and oral health.

Please stop smoking, your kids are worried about your health