It’s been 51 years since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964. If you are a smoker, you already know smoking is bad for your health, But we also hope you will appreciate this reminder that cigarettes and chewing tobacco are also harmful to your oral health.
Following are some of the oral health impacts resulting from the use of tobacco products:
- Bad breath
- Stained teeth and tongue
- Dulled sense of taste and smell
- Slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
- Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
The statistics are grim—More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since 1964. Some 2.5 million of these deaths were of nonsmokers who died because they breathed secondhand smoke.
Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems. Create a plan and develop a support network to help you stick to your plan. Write down your reasons for quitting. Exercising, chewing gum and keeping yourself occupied can help you quit.
Dr. Douglas Angell at Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Please feel free to call Angell’s Dentistry and talk to us about getting help to kick the habit. We can help you determine if which medications available today might work for you and find other helpful resources. And be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.