Smoking & Your Smile

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Stop smoking and restore your smile!

Stop smoking and restore your smile!

It’s common knowledge that smoking increases the risk of oral cancer (90% of people with oral cancer use tobacco). But tobacco is bad for your smile in lots of other ways, too. No matter the type of tobacco or the method used to partake of it – cigars, cigarettes, pipes, or chewing tobacco – your oral health can suffer. Fairbanks AK dentists Dr. Fred Bast and Dr. John Bast have the information you need to keep your smile looking, feeling, and functioning its best.

Let me Count the Ways…

Smoking poses many threats. It can stain teeth, make breath foul, and – of course – increase the risk of oral and other types of cancer. In addition, people who use tobacco are at an increased risk of experiencing:

  • Increased tartar and plaque buildup
  • Delayed healing following dental/medical procedures
  • Salivary gland inflammation
  • Jawbone loss
  • Receding gums
  • Dental decay

Smokers are also more susceptible to gum disease. Smoking has been shown to obstruct proper functioning of gum tissue cells and to lessen blood flow to the gums. When this happens, the body’s natural defense mechanisms can’t operate in an effective or efficient manner, leading to diminished oral health.

The delayed healing caused by smoking can eliminate smokers as candidates for restorative dentistry treatments such as dental implants. And if smokers do need oral surgery, healing following surgery can be slowed.

The Time is Now

If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you smoke, stop. The best way to combat smoking-related oral health issues is to kick the habit. Even if you’ve smoked for a long time, quitting can greatly decrease your risk of developing oral health issues.

We know that stopping smoking is hard. Your Fairbanks AK dentist can help. Call Bast Dental Clinic today.