We all know that smoking isn’t good for you. It’s stinky, expensive, and extremely damaging to your health. Many people realize that smoking is the number one preventable cause of heart disease and it’s also widely-known that smoking is the leading preventable cause of several types of cancer.
But how many people know that smoking and other tobacco products constitute a huge hazard for the health of your smile? Smoking is a major contributor to gum disease and gum disease is a tremendous threat to the structures of your mouth. In addition to harming your gums, smoking also damages your throat, teeth, and tongue.
Every day, researchers are discovering additional ways that smoking hurts your smile. We currently know that smoking leads to the following oral afflictions:
Cigar smokers don’t inhale as deeply as cigarette smokers, but don’t be fooled into thinking that they’re safe for your smile. Recent studies have linked cigar smoking the several health issues, including:
Smokeless tobacco, also referred to as “dip” or “chewing tobacco,” is another serious threat to your well-being. Researchers have determined that smokeless tobacco contributes to the following medical consequences:
Tentative research also suggests a link between smokeless tobacco and cancers of the esophagus, colon, larynx, and bladder.
We know it can be extremely difficult to quit smoking. But it’s important to realize that you’re not in this alone. In addition to your friends and family, there are several organizations dedicated to helping you find a way to quit smoking. For example, the American Lung Association has great resources for people who want to stop smoking.
If you don’t smoke, your smile should thank you for it. Another terrific thing you can do for your smile is to give us a call at SmileCreator of Bingham Farms and schedule your checkup today.
Dr. Timothy Kosinski
31000 Telegraph Rd. #170
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Monday: 8:30AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 3PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 4PM
Friday: Occasionally / Special Arrangement