Oral Health and Smoking
Patients who smoke will find they are more prone to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases, mouth cancer. Most people know that smoking can cause lung and throat cancer, but many people are still unaware that it is one of the main causes of mouth cancer too, which accounts for 3% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia and is very difficult to diagnose in its early stages without regular oral health exams and radiographs.
In addition to these concerns, patients who smoke are also more likely to produce bacterial plaque, this type of plaque can lead to gum disease. The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums cannot heal. Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Other concerns directly related to smoking include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Increased vulnerability to infection
- Reduction of saliva flow and quality
At Quality Dental, we recommend regular maintenance visits to ensure your teeth, gums and whole mouth remain healthy. We will also advise and provide guided instructions on how to perform your own thorough cleaning techniques at home and how you can also be involved in monitoring your oral health.