Smoking affects oral health

We are all aware of the harmful effects of smoking on our bodies but did you realize how damaging tobacco can be on your teeth? As if the threat of cancer and heart disease wasn’t enough to make you finally kick the habit. Yes, it is true that the dentists and staff of Lost Mountain Dental are a bit biased, but if you are struggling to find the motivation to quit smoking, there are some oral health implications that we would like you to consider:

  • Smoking causes bad breath and stained teeth! Trying to impress someone special? Wow them with your fresh smoke-free breath and pearly white smile.
  • Cigarettes and cigars can cause a dulled sense of taste.
  • Smoking can also impair the healing process after a dental procedure.
  • Smokers have a higher rate of oral cancer and gum disease than non-smokers.

Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of developing tobacco-related health complications.

Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Hildreth understand that this is easier said than done due to the highly addictive nature of nicotine. For this reason, it is incredibly important to have a plan and constantly remind yourself of your reasons for wanting to kick your smoking habit. Writing down your reasons and re-reading them every time you have a craving, exercising regularly, chewing gum, and reaching out to supportive friends and family can all be extremely beneficial in your journey to quit smoking.

The staff of Lost Mountain Dental in Marietta care about their patients and would like to remind everyone who is struggling to quit that our staff is 100% supportive of your commitment and would be happy to help you in any way possible! We offer complete dentistry services for all of your oral health concerns. Setting a goal such as treating yourself to a teeth whitening treatment to celebrate a smoke free milestone can be the the inspiration you need to keep going: looking at your bright, new smile in the mirror is a great reminder of all the benefits that quitting the smoking habit can offer!

Contact us to schedule a routine visit and start off with a fresh, clean mouth. Let us know if you are trying to quit smoking and we can offer our support and remind you of how your oral health will improve.