By now, there is no question that smoking is like playing a game of Russian roulette with your health. When compared to the prospect of heart disease and various forms of cancer, many smokers may be tempted to believe that stained teeth and smoker's breath are the least of their troubles. And while it is true that habitual smoking can also wreak havoc on one's physical appearance, from darkened and stained teeth to premature aging and wrinkles, the oral health risks of tobacco use can go well beyond halitosis and beige teeth.
The Effects of Smoking on Your Gums and Teeth
The dental team at Babcock & Morgan family dental in Prior Lake offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to address everything from the need for teeth whitening, to the effects of tooth decay. Treating tooth discoloration from smoking can be as simple as a few teeth whitening procedures or a set of porcelain veneers, but they ultimately address one part of the problem, the surface of the teeth. And while what our smile looks like to the world at large certainly plays a crucial role in everything from our self esteem to our social and professional interactions with others, smoking can also cause serious oral health problems and complications.
Oral Health and Gum Disease Treatment in Prior Lake
In addition to the well-documented health risks associated with tobacco, smokers are also at greater risk for developing gum (periodontal) disease, which can lead to tooth loss and other general health complications. Gum disease results from a buildup of plaque and bacteria between the teeth and in pockets that form under the gum line, which in turn lead to the deterioration of soft tissue and bone mass in the jaw. Tobacco is believed to help accelerate this process. And that's only part of the bad news.
Once smokers develop gum disease, standard treatment options tend to be less effective. Weakened bone and soft tissue make it more difficult for dentists to perform everything from root planing and scaling, to dental implants if tooth loss has occurred.
In short, if you don't smoke, don't start. If you do, now would be a great time to quit. Your teeth and gums will thank you later.
Family Dentistry in Prior Lake
The first step in keeping the gums and teeth healthy and preventing gum disease is to practice regular oral hygiene and care, including comprehensive oral exams and professional cleanings. Contact Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake at 952-447-4611 to schedule an appointment today.