Here at Dentistry of Nashville, we treat all kinds of patients with all kinds of unique oral health needs. We also see many patients who struggle with problems associated with tobacco use. If you are one of these patients, we are not here to judge you, we only want to educate you and provide you with resources to quit smoking or reduce your tobacco use for the health of your smile. Here are some further details about what smoking can do to your oral health.
Cigarettes Can Harm Your Smile
According to experts, cigarette smoking is associated with a variety of oral conditions including periodontal disease, bone loss, tissue loss, tooth loss, peri-implantitis, and dental implant failure. But what is it about cigarettes that can do this kind of damage? One of the primary ingredients that can cause harm is Nicotine. This ingredient has been shown to reduce blood flow in the mouth and increase your chance of oral cancer.
Are Pipes Or E-Cigarettes Safer?
Pipe smoking can be worse than cigarettes due to the higher temperatures generated in the upper jaw. Smoking is also detrimental to dental implants, and bad for conventional crowns and bridgework.
Many users of e-cigarettes think that they are safer because they don’t contain tobacco. However, it is more than just the tobacco that causes cancer. Conventional cigarettes usually contain dozens of harmful chemicals and e-cigarettes have many of these same chemicals. Moreover, nicotine can be found in both conventional and e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, this chemical is both addictive, reduces healthy bone tissues.
Most E-cigarettes also contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, which can cause cancer. Additionally, many of these chemicals cause chronic inflammation, bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. In sum, there are little to no long-term studies that can prove that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. And finally, very little is known about the safety and long-term health effects of this product.
Smoking Can Make Bone And Tissue Loss Worse
A study examining the effect of smoking on dental implants indicated that there is a direct link between oral tissue loss and smoking. In addition, smoking had a significant impact on bone loss, usually making it much more severe.
Smoking Increases The Odds Of Periodontal Disease
Cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontitis. According to studies, smokers are 2 to 3 times as likely to develop serious periodontitis. In addition to increased prevalence, smokers also experience more severe forms of periodontal disease.
Tooth Loss Can Be Accelerated By Tobacco Use
Tooth loss is another oral health is that is much more common in smokers than in non-smokers. Tooth loss in older adults occurs because of increased exposure to pathogenic bacteria. Smoking also predisposes patients to develop more severe forms periodontal disease.
What Is Peri-Implantitis?
This condition is a formation of deep mucosal pockets and inflammation around dental implant roots. Peri-Implantitis is painful and uncomfortable and smokers who have dental implants have a greater risk of developing this problem.This condition can lead to problems with bone deterioration and ultimately implant failure.
Whichever treatment option patients decide to pursue, they can expect slower healing and a greater possibility of failure if they smoke during or following their dental treatment. If patients stop smoking three to four weeks prior to treatment and remain smoke-free during their healing period, results can improve.
Help Quitting Your Smoking Habit
Have you come to the decision to stop you tobacco habit? If so, we congratulate you on making a choice for better oral and overall health. For more information on quitting smoking, we suggest that you try a free website with tips and suggestions for quitting. Try www.smokefree.gov or www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation, or www.quitsmokingcommunity.org for more tips and tricks to quit smoking.
Give Us A Call For A Dental Consultation Today
Are you are hiding a less-than-perfect smile or avoiding the dentist chair because of your tobacco habits? If so, we want you to know that we are here to help you improve your smile. For exceptional dental care in the Nashville, TN area and beyond, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming would love to assist you with better oral health. There is no time like the present to get started on the smile you have always wanted with Dentistry of Nashville.