In a recent study, 72 percent of respondents who use tobacco said they think their dentist should talk to them about their habit. 67 percent even believe that their dentist should tell them to quit smoking.
Of course, telling someone to quit isn’t the same as telling someone why they should quit. Your dentist has a wealth of information about the consequences that cigarettes can have on your oral and overall health. Some potential ways in which tobacco can affect your teeth and gums include:
- Staining. Nicotine and tar can quickly turn your teeth yellow. Some people who have smoked for years even have brown teeth.
- Gum disease. Smoking can lead to dry mouth and contribute to bacteria buildup, two factors that drastically increase the chance that you develop gum disease.
- Oral cancer. Tobacco use is a factor in a large number of oral cancer cases.
- Bad breath. The ingredients in cigarettes can cause your mouth to reek. What’s even worse is that since smoking dulls your sense of smell, you may not even know about the odor.
Your dentist in Leesburg isn’t just going to lecture you about why smoking is so bad — you already know that it’s awful for you. They may also provide information on techniques that can help you conquer your habit. They might recommend that you attend counseling or support groups, visit your physician to ask about prescriptions that can help you fight the urge to smoke, and more.
While you’re still neck-deep in the fight against smoking, your dentist will do their best to keep your oral health in good condition. Through regular cleanings, you can lessen the chance that you’ll develop tooth decay or gum disease. Checkups are an opportunity for your dentist to look for any signs of oral cancer or other serious dental health conditions.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
One day, after you’ve mustered up some serious willpower, you’re going to wake up and find that the urge to smoke has gone away — or at least that it has faded. In the weeks, months, and years after you quit smoking, your health is going to benefit in numerous ways. Your smile will benefit as well! Not only will your mouth be healthier, but you’ll be in a better position to reap benefits from procedures like professional whitening, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic treatments that are designed to make you look like a million bucks.
You don’t have to be a slave to tobacco. Why not let your dentist help you quit?
About the Dentist
Dr. Wael Elosta is proud to serve folks in the Lessburg community. If you would like help to quit smoking or you just need a checkup and cleaning, he’ll be eager to assist you. You can contact our office at 703-729-1818.