Smoking has well-known risks that include heart disease and lung cancer. However, the habit can also increase your risk of experiencing dental health problems. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, people who currently smoke are four times as likely as nonsmokers to suffer from at least one dental health problem, and twice as likely to have more than three dental health conditions. Unfortunately, smokers are also less likely than nonsmokers to seek dental care when needed.
The 2008 National Health Interview Survey examined smokers, former smokers, and nonsmokers between the ages of 18 and 64 and revealed the link between smoking and dental health. Smoking or chewing tobacco has been correlated with periodontal disease, tooth decay and oral cancer. Smokers may also suffer from poor healing, which may limit their treatment options. They may be more likely to suffer from complications after endodontic treatments or routine extractions, and they may be poor candidates for dental implants, which is considered the healthiest, most reliable tooth replacement option available.
The best way to manage your risk is to quit smoking. Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth and along the gumline. Chewing sugar-free gum can help you stimulate the saliva flow that keeps your teeth and gums healthier.
Give us a call today to learn more about how you can kick the habit or to schedule your appointment with our Beverly Hills dentist.