The Facts About Smoking and Your Oral Health

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You may know that smoking isn’t great for your health, but did you know smoking can actually influence your oral health? Naturally, you could choose between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, but did you know that both of these options can lead to serious problems?

As you may know, smoking traditional cigarettes can yellow your pearly whites and lead to bad breath. However, did you know that smoking might also leave you more vulnerable to infections? Similarly, if you smoke, you could actually be more vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, and even tooth loss. If left unaddressed, each of these problems could cause other serious issues.

Unfortunately, e-cigarettes can also cause a number of problems. Sadly, e-cigarettes can lead to gum disease. To make matters worse, smoking cigarettes can also cause pink, red, swollen, sensitive or tender gums—which are also signs of gum disease. These issues can mask the symptoms of gum disease. E-cigarettes may also dry out your mouth, ultimately leading to dry mouth. Again, dry mouth can cause several problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.

Would you like to learn more about the risks of smoking in Chicago, Illinois? Would you like to set up an appointment with Dr. Sudi Rafieian and our team? If so, we invite you to contact Chicago Bright Smiles by calling us at 312-642-5107. We’re excited to receive your call soon!