Proof that smoking is terrible for you is not hard to find. However, far too many people still refuse to stop lighting up. So, to those of you that insist on continuing to reach for cigarettes, we have compiled a short list of three of the most compelling reasons to quit smoking from an oral health standpoint.
1. Smoking wrecks havoc on your pearly whites.
According to WebMD, smoking leads to bad breath, tooth discoloration, inflammation of the salivary glands on the top of the mouth, increased build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, increased jaw bone loss, an increased risk of developing gum disease, delayed healing times after oral surgeries or treatments, lower success rates for dental implant procedures and an increased risk of developing oral cancer.
2. Smoking causes oral cancer.
We know we mentioned that smoking increases your risk of developing oral cancer in the previous entry, but we felt that this one bears repeating, especially when you consider the fact that tobacco is the cause of 80-90% of oral cancers. Eighty to ninety percent is a huge percentage, obviously.
3. Being exposed to second-hand smoke can increase a child’s chances of developing cavities.
The BMJ reports that a recent study conducted in Japan found that exposure to tobacco smoke at 4 months of age was associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of caries, and the risk of caries was also increased among those exposed to household smoking, by 1.5-fold.
This means that your smoking habit probably isn’t just negatively impacting your oral health—it is also impacting the oral health of those around you.
For tips & advice that can assist you in quitting smoking, visit Smokefree.gov