It’s no secret that Smoking is bad for your overall health but using Tobacco products can cause serious consequences on your oral health, too. Tobacco in any form has risks. It’s hard to figure out which form is worse- Chewed, Smoked or Inhaled.
The Tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people a year (W.H.O., World Health Organization).
The adverse effects of Tobacco on Oral Health are diverse:
- Staining of teeth and dental fillings
- Bad breath & effect on taste
- Effect on success of dental implants
- Periodontal diseases & Oral mucosal diseases
- Delayed wound healing
- Tooth loss
- ORAL CANCER
“The American Cancer Society estimates that 90% of people with Oral Cancer (affecting lips, tongue, throat or mouth) have used tobacco in some form. Risk is 6 times high in smokers than non-smokers.”
Constituents of Tobacco are Nicotine, Tar, Metals, Radioactive substances, Nitrogen oxide, etc. all of which are harmful, with Nicotine being the most poisonous and habit forming. Patients often experience withdrawal symptoms because of it like craving for tobacco, depressed mood, anxiety, frustration, increase in appetite & Insomnia.
Protecting Your Oral Health
- Quit Smoking- After you’ve quit smoking, the risk for oral diseases significantly decrease. Not just oral diseases, it has positive effects all over the body.
- Oral hygiene maintenance- This is necessary on daily basis to keep control over the developing gum diseases with proper brushing, flossing and mouthwash use.
- Visit Dentist regularly- Visit your dentist every 6 months, i.e. twice a year. Constituents of Tobacco are habit forming and hence difficult to quit. Your Dentist can guide and motivate you through the process and keep the developing diseases under check.