Virtually everyone wants a beautiful smile they can share with confidence, but many people do things that put that dream in jeopardy. For instance, many people don’t practice proper oral care. Others choose to smoke. Granted, many people understand that smoking could yellow your teeth, but do you know about the other ways smoking can affect your gums?
You see, smoking kills the good bacteria in your mouth—which can lead to yellow teeth but also to chronic bad breath. Similarly, if the good bacteria in your mouth is killed, you may have to deal with inflammation and infection, which increases your chances of getting gingivitis and tooth decay. If these issues aren’t treated quickly, you could find yourself facing a number of more serious problems, including tooth loss and even heart issues.
Recent studies have shown that individuals who smoke are much more inclined to develop cancer than someone who does not. There are different kind of cancers that smokers are more prone to, such as cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs, esophagus, and larynx (or the voice box). These kinds of cancer can be caused by cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.
If you smoke and want to take achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice. Our dentist, Dr. Sandor, and our team will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Just call Sandor Family Dentistry at 732-462-8877 to set up an appointment.