Posted on 6/15/2018 by Edelweiss Dental Implant Center
Everyone knows that using tobacco puts you at risk for cancer. When people think about the type of cancer they risk when they smoke, they worry about their lungs.
They need to think about how tobacco affects their gums as well. They may find out that cancer is only one of the things they are in danger from.
Conditions Related to Tobacco Use
The list of struggles that tobacco causes for the gums is rather long. Some of the problems are cosmetic, but almost all of them are something that could cause more problems later. The use of tobacco stains the teeth and turns them yellow. It also causes bad breath, but they are also signs of more trouble.
The salivary glands are affected by tobacco. Less saliva means that he bacteria on the teeth can grow faster That increases the amount of plaque and tartar on the teeth and ultimately on the gums. This increase the risk for gum disease.
Smoking also leads to a condition called leukoplakia. This condition appears as white spots in the mouth and on the gums and is another thing that can lead to gum disease. The tobacco increases the bone loss and makes it harder for a person to recover from any oral surgeries.
The fear of lung cancer from smoking is real, but there are other types of cancer that result from the use of tobacco. People that chew tobacco can end up with cancer in their mouth and their gums.
The use of chewing tobacco will destroy the teeth and gums and lead to the loss of the teeth. It also makes it harder to use dental implants to replace any teeth that are lost.
At our office, we do not recommend anyone to use tobacco products. They are bad for all the parts of the body, including the teeth and gums. If you want to see the effects of tobacco on the gums please contact us and we will share what we have seen.