Smoking and your Oral Health

Smoking

Why Is Smoking Bad for Oral Health?

Most people are all too well aware that smoking gives you bad breath and can stain your teeth, but it can have numerous other detrimental effects on your oral health. If you are a smoker you are more at risk of developing gum disease. This is because smoking constricts blood vessels, so the body is less able to transport toxins away from the gums and to get essential nutrients to the gums to help fight infection. Smoking also impairs healing so it is harder for the body to fight back. As smoking narrows the blood vessels, infected gums are less likely to bleed when brushed, making it easier to overlook the early signs of gum disease. Smokers are also more at risk of developing mouth cancer, so it really is a good idea to try and quit if possible.

How Can Smokers Protect Their Oral Health?

If you cannot give up smoking, then make sure you brush and floss regularly. Visit Maroubra Junction Dental Centre regularly for examinations and professional cleanings. Make sure your diet is healthy and contains plenty of nutrients to help your body fight any possible dental infections.

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