Tobacco use poses a serious threat to every part and system of your body, including your oral health. Tar, nicotine and the other chemicals in tobacco can affect your mouth and throat in several different ways.
On a cosmetic level regular tobacco use quickly causes deep stains on your teeth. Whitening products available in stores usually are not strong enough to remove these stains. Your smile can only effectively be brightened again through the dental tooth bleaching procedure offered at W Dental Group. Even once your teeth are whitened, continued tobacco use will cause them to deeply stain again.
Regular tobacco use can also cause chronic and pervasive bad breath. Tar and other chemicals in tobacco can also impede saliva production leading to chronic dry mouth. Trying to manage the problem lozenges or hard candy adds extra sugar to your mouth, which increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Several research studies have also found a link between tobacco use and at least eight major types of oral cancer. Oral cancer also tends to occur earlier and with greater complications in tobacco users.
Using tobacco after oral surgery or dental procedures that involve the gums can also lead to several complications. Initially it irritates gum tissues and lengthens the recovery time. It can also lead to a serious infection of the gums.
If you have questions about tobacco cessation or you’re concerned that you are developing oral health problems related to your tobacco use, please call Dr. Thomas Watkins at 210-526-0925 to schedule an appointment.