When it comes to your oral health, very few things aside from smoking are more detrimental. Lung cancer and breathing problems are well known side effects caused directly from smoking, and there are other health issues that are also directly related to tobacco use. A person’s oral health can be greatly compromised by the use of any type of tobacco products.
Periodontal disease and oral cancer are two severe consequences of tobacco use. Both of these have direct links to destroying your oral health and also compromising the health of your entire body.
Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gums and soft tissues that surround the teeth. While the teeth are held in place by the roots which are deeply implanted into the jaw bone, the gums support the teeth and keep them secure inside the mouth. Periodontal disease weakens the gum tissues because they become so diseased that they cannot sustain themselves. Once periodontal disease sets in, there is no turning back from its effects without extensive, and expensive, dental treatment. Smoking and tobacco use directly affect the health of the gums because tobacco irritates the soft tissues, leaving them vulnerable to infection. It is a cycle that only ends in devastation.
Another negative reaction that tobacco use causes to your oral health is that it lowers your immune system. Your immunity is what allows your body to fight off infection and diseases. When this system is weak, it cannot do its job. Tobacco causes the soft tissues inside the mouth to become weak and irritated, and it also kills the antibodies inside the mouth that should be fighting off toxins. Not only is your body’s ability to fight off bad stuff lowered, but continued use of tobacco products only invites more bad stuff into your mouth to make things worse.
At Allen Dentistry, we understand that tobacco is a highly addictive drug that is hard to quit. We also understand that smoking and other tobacco products are a real drag on your oral health. Making the decision to kick the habit is one of the best decisions you can make. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we offer the necessary treatment you need to overcome the damage that tobacco has caused. Please contact our dental practice today.
Posted on behalf of Allen Dentistry