Chewing Tobacco, Smoking, and Your Smile

You probably know that using tobacco can lead to serious problems like heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer, but do you know what happens to your teeth when you use tobacco products?

One of the first things you should know about using tobacco is that it will yellow your teeth. Unfortunately, once this happens there’s little you can do to correct this problem. You see, tobacco product will stick to the outer layer of your teeth. Also, as you probably know, the use of tobacco products can lead to bad breath.

Similarly, if you use tobacco products, you could lose teeth.  While this may seem like just a cosmetic issue, it can also lead to a number of other problems, including difficulty eating, trouble speaking clearly, and an uneven bite. Tobacco products can also cause receding gum lines, which can leave teeth vulnerable to bacteria. This will make tooth loss even more likely. Also, if you smoke, your mouth will be more vulnerable to infection and struggle to heal properly. Finally–and perhaps most importantly–smoking can lead to cancer in mouth, esophagus, larynx, or lungs.

As you can probably tell, smoking can have a number of serious consequences. To avoid these issues, you should consider avoiding tobacco products altogether. Of course, we realize this is easier said than done. Still, if you are interested in learning what you can do, please don’t hesitate to contact Heritage Hunt Dental at 703.754.5800. Dr. Chris Houser will be happy to give you specific advice. We’re excited to hear from you.

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