You’ve probably heard that smoking can have a negative influence on your health, but did you know that smoking and using tobacco products can also impact your oral health? While you may know that smoking can stain your teeth, did you know that you may also experience other fairly serious problems? Similarly, did you know that e-cigarettes can also influence your pearly whites?
You see, smoking can cause bad breath and will kill good bacteria that protect your teeth and gums. If you lose these good bacteria, you could become much more vulnerable to infections and several other issues. Similarly, without the helpful bacteria in your mouth, bad bacteria may multiply and leave you more susceptible to gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. If you choose to smoke, you may also be more susceptible to oral cancer and to tooth loss.
As you may have heard, many individuals prefer to use e-cigarettes instead of regular cigarettes. However, because e-cigarettes also use nicotine, they can impact your pearly whites. You see, nicotine can also lead to receding gum lines, which might eventually lead to gum disease. E-cigarettes might also cause swollen, red, and tender gums. Sadly, these are typically the most common symptoms of gum disease, which means smoking can make gum disease more difficult to recognize. Smoking e-cigarettes can also cause dry mouth. This issues can also upset the balance of bad and good bacteria in your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from us, or about how smoking can affect your oral health in Rochester, New York, please feel free to give IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call at 585-475-0140. Our dentist, Dr. Indra Quagliata, and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to receiving your call!