Smoking can have major and detrimental effects on the health of your teeth, gums, mouth and throat. Some commonly seen problems caused by smoking include the staining of teeth and bad breath. Although these problems may be annoying and unpleasant, they are not a threat to health. However, smoking may contribute to unseen and far more serious conditions such as:
- Gum disease that results in tooth loss
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Leukoplakia: White patches in the mouth that may be precancerous
- Changes in the mouth and throat tissues that may lead to cancer
Many diseases of the mouth and throat have been linked to the smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Research has shown that the risk of developing a smoking-related disease is "dose dependent". This meaning that the more one smokes, the greater the risk becomes.
Dentudio dentists can diagnose and treat certain conditions related to smoking, or refer you to a specialist if necessary. If you notice a sudden change in your oral health or notice any pressing problems, do contact us, your Richmond dentist to schedule an appointment.