Cigarette Smoking and Dental Health

Mark Twain once said " It's easy to quit smoking, I have done it a thousand times".This statement highlights the daunting challenge smokers have in the attempts  to quit smoking. This by no means makes it impossible to quit smoking.We shall restrict ourselves to the effects smoking has on dental health.

It has been proven that smoking leads to many diseases in the oral cavity. One such is gum disease.Smoking causes damage to the attachment of bone and soft tissue to the teeth. This tend to make smokers more susceptible in the long run to  mobile teeth and times tooth loss.

Smoking also reduces blood flow to the gums which tends to interfere with healing after any surgical procedure in the mouth.

Other consequences of smoking includes;

  • Stained teeth
  • Inflammation of the salivary glands opening
  • Increased  build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia (white patches inside the mouth)
  • lower rate of success of dental implants
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer

Last but not least there are many other medical conditions brought about by smoking, lung cancel being one of the deadliest.

Going by the above list it would make sense to make a lot of effort to stop smoking and a lot of will not to start smoking