Smoking, Chewing Tobacco, and Your Oral Health

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As you probably know, smoking can lead to a variety of problems. For instance, you probably know that smoking can lead to a few issues. For example, you probably know that your teeth can yellow and your breath can be negatively affected. But do you know about the more serious health issues that can result from smoking?

Sadly, even your yellowed teeth could be more serious than you expect. Unfortunately, once your teeth are yellowed, there’s little you can do to correct this problem. You see, tobacco product will stick to the outer layer of your teeth. Also, as you probably know, the use of tobacco products can lead to bad breath.

Similarly, if you use tobacco products, you could lose teeth.  While this may seem like just a cosmetic issue, it can also lead to a number of other problems, including difficulty eating, trouble speaking clearly, and an uneven bite. Tobacco products can also cause receding gum lines, which can leave teeth vulnerable to bacteria. This will make tooth loss even more likely. Also, if you smoke, your mouth will be more vulnerable to infection and struggle to heal properly. Finally–and perhaps most importantly–smoking can lead to cancer in mouth, esophagus, larynx, or lungs.

We understand that giving up smoking can be difficult, but it will lead to a better lifestyle and there are a few options you should consider. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to give Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS a call at 703-241-0666. Dr. Ronald Hauptman & Bahar Rowhani and our team are excited to meet you!