It has been well-documented that smoking is related to various health problems, but what about your oral health?
Smoking and vaping both affect the health of the mouth. Smokers are more likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers. If you do smoke or vape, it is especially important for you to visit the dentist regularly to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and there are no signs of oral cancer are present.
There are some differences in how smoking and vaping can affect your oral health.
How smoking affects the mouth
The tobacco and nicotine in cigarettes can cause the teeth to become stained and yellow and cause bad breath. Smoking can also affect your ability to taste foods and drinks.
Smoking can increase your risk for developing severe gum disease and cause wounds or lesions inside the mouth to heal slowly. This is due to the decreased blood flow to the gums. Smoking after tooth extractions can increase the risk or dry socket developing. A dry socket is a very painful condition where the socket stops healing properly. It is important to avoid smoking for as long as possible after having a tooth removed.
Saliva is an important factor in protecting our teeth. Smoking can affect how much saliva your body makes. A decrease in the amount of saliva or saliva that is thick and frothy instead of thin and runny, means your teeth are less protected.
How vaping affects the mouth
Whilst there is no tobacco in e-cigarettes, vaping can still have a negative effect on your oral health and is not recommended as a replacement for smoking. Many vapes still contain nicotine and other chemicals, including heavy metals that have a similar negative effect as regular smoking.
Research has shown that the oral effects of e-cigarettes may include mouth and throat discomfort, changes to the soft tissues in the mouth and damage to the teeth and gums.
Smoking in all its forms can have a detrimental impact on your oral health, increasing your risk of severe gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. If you are struggling to quit smoking, you can still take care of your teeth. Make sure you brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth daily and see your dentist at least once per year for a check-up.
The best way to improve your oral health if you smoke is to quit. If you are concerned with your oral health due to smoking or vaping call the friendly dentists at Rothwell DentaCross and they can point you in the right direction.
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