Were you aware that smoking tobacco is also a major contributor to dental problems such as teeth, gums and soft oral tissues? If you are a smoker, Dr. Blake Dayley and our dental team would like to take a moment to share with you today some good reasons to consider quitting this harmful habit.
Reason #1 oral cancer: Approximately 90% of people who have succumbed to oral cancer or throat cancer have reported using tobacco regularly. Unfortunately, smoking increases your risk of developing oral cancer, including on the lips and tongue. As you can imagine, oral cancer not only destroys your oral and overall health but can lead to death.
Reason #2 plaque and tartar buildup: smoking contributes to the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. This build up eventually leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Unless treatment is done to intervene in this progression, you may end up with lost teeth and increase your odds of suffering a stroke, incurring diabetes, and heart disease.
Reason #3 tooth enamel stains: Tobacco is notorious for staining tooth enamel. Whether smoking or chewing tobacco, your teeth will turn yellow or even brown. This discoloration can lead to lower self-confidence as you become self-conscious about smiling. Treating these this discoloration may require professional teeth whitening treatments.
Smoking continues to prove itself to be a destructive habit, and if you are interested in quitting, you can find help with a smoking cessation program. To learn more about smoking and your oral health in Boise, Idaho, please reach out to Dayley Family Dental and speak with our experienced dental team. We invite you to call 208-321-1141 today.