How does smoking affect my mouth?

On June 8th, 2012, posted in: Videos by 0 Comment

Smoking causes damage to almost every part of the body, but sometimes we don’t consider the effect it can have on Oral Health.

Smoking can cause periodontal disease, increase the healing time of the mouth, and increases the risk of oral cancer. Additionally, it worsens bad breath, and the stains that accumulate from smoking are generally tough to remove without the help of a dentist.

Watch this video from the ADA about the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout”:

Smoking can cause these problems with the mouth:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Irritation and swelling of the gums
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Increase of plaque and tartar buildup
  • Increased risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and periodontal disease

In addition to immediate benefits to your oral health, quitting smoking also reduces your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and lung cancer. Smokers who quit get to immediately see a whiter smile and better gum health.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs and check on the state of your gum health, call:

San Luis Obispo: 805-545-9400
Paso Robles: 805-238-4222

Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery
620 California Blvd # L,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 545-9400

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