Smoking and Oral Health

Most people understand that smoking can cause a ton of different health problems, especially lunch cancer. But did you know tobacco users are susceptible to a bunch of oral health problems too? And at a much faster rate than a non-smoker.

Smoking is responsible for almost 75 percent of gun disease in adults. Adults who smoke pipes and cigars, as well as smokeless tobacco are just as susceptible to gum disease and oral health problems.

The first time your use any tobacco products you increase your chances of oral health problems such as:

• Oral cancer • Gum disease • Tooth loss • Loss of bone in the jaw • Gum recession • Delayed/impaired healing process after oral surgery or any other treatment • Decreased success rate of dental implant (tooth replacement) procedures • Mouth sores • Loss of your sense of taste and smell • Bad breath • Tooth and tongue stains

If protecting your oral health is important to you, we strongly recommend stopping the use of any and all tobacco products. The Surgeon General recommends following these steps to help you quit using tobacco and smoking:

• Get ready – set a quitting date and remove all materials from your home, car and office • Get support • Learn new skills and behaviors • Get medication and use it correctly • Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations

You’ll need to start with a support system. Dr. James Wells and our team at the Wells Family Dentistry can help. We will start by recommending different options to help you quit and support you throughout the entire quitting process. We are dedicated to helping your protect your oral health. Quitting smoking and tobacco use is the first step in right direction of oral health.

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