Most people know just how bad smoking is for your health, but not very many people understand the negative effects smoking has on your oral health. Your mouth is the first point of contact when you smoke, as such, it gets the most damage. Many people have touted vaping as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, but in actuality, it also has negative effects on oral health.
How Vaping Effects Your Health
Vaping, which is simply inhaling vapors from electronic cigarettes, is still being studied by scientists to help understand the long-term effects of its usage. What they have discovered so far isn’t positive. While you do get to avoid the bad breath and yellow teeth that typically accompany smoking, your body and mouth, in particular, are still exposed to nicotine from the cartridges in vapor machines. Nicotine restricts the blood flow and reduces the ability of your mouth to fight bacteria which in turn can lead to the progression of periodontal disease. The vapors also release inflammatory proteins that have a negative effect on the tissue of the gums which can result in various oral ailments.
How Smoking Cigarettes Effects Your Dental Health
Besides increasing the risk of health conditions, smoking also increases the risk of gum disease and cavities. Two studies done over a period of 30 years showed that smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as those who do not smoke. The Journal of Dental Research also showed that people who smoke are twice as likely to need root canal treatments as non-smokers.
Its common knowledge now that tobacco use has negative effects on overall health, some do not consider its effects on their oral health. Smoking increases the risk of cavities, gum recession, and mouth pain. In fact, it’s been estimated that as much as 50 percent of adult smokers already have gum disease.
The risk of tooth loss and gum disease greatly decreases after quitting smoking. There are many ways to help you kick the nicotine habit. Ask your doctor or talk to your dentist here at Weston Dental Office.
Vaping, Smoking and Surgical Procedures
When you smoke or inhale any type of nicotine, you are increasing your chances of cardiovascular complications when compared with people who don’t smoke. Smokers are more than half as likely to go into cardiac arrest, and 80 times as likely to suffer from a heart attack. Aside from in surgery complications, smoking is also known to slow the recovery time and healing time of wounds following surgery. As a smoker, it’s important to understand just how much smoking affects your health when you need medical care. Smoking lowers the oxygen content in your body which makes it harder for surgical wounds to close. Wounds that remain open not only have higher chances of scarring, they are also more susceptible to preventable infections.
Smoking Treatment Options
There are many products on the market that can help remove the stains from nicotine from your teeth and mask the odors that come from smoking, but the best treatment is to quit smoking or vaping completely. If you find tooth pain or some other type of oral problem affects your ability to comfortably eat crisp, crunchy, or other nutritious foods, or if you have any jaw pain, mouth sores, or any other type of problem that makes it difficult for you to eat, be sure to call Weston Dental Office at (416) 247-1928 for an appointment right away. Your dentist can diagnose and treat difficulties in their earliest stages before they become serious problems.