How Does Smoking Impact Your Oral Health?
We all know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. In fact about 443,000 people each year die prematurely either from smoking themselves or by being exposed to second hand smoke. However, what’s not always talked about is how smoking can affect your oral health, so today I thought we would look at this matter a little more in-depth.
Here are seven ways that smoking can impact your oral health:
- Smoking will reduce your blood flow and the supply of vital nutrients to your gums. This can reduction in blood flow and nutrients can cause gum disease, bone loss, and tooth loss.
- Saliva is important for cleaning your mouth and in helping prevent tooth decay. When you smoke it decreases the amount of saliva that flows through your mouth.
- Both nicotine and tar will leave behind a yellow and brown stain on your teeth.
- It causes inflammation of the roof of your mouth.
- Smoking gives you bad breath.
- It causes you to loose your sense of taste.
- Smoking causes oral cancer.
Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer? It’s expected that in 2015, more than 43,000 Americans would be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer, thus resulting in about 8,000 deaths. If oropharyngeal, or throat cancer is included, the number of deaths jump to about 15,000 per year.
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