Smoking and Oral Health | Sioux City, IA
4220 Sergeant Rd., Ste. 100, Sioux City IA 51106
Dona W. Prince, DDS

Smoking: A Real Drag On Your Oral Health

  • By Dona Prince
  • 30 April, 2017

The dangers of smoking and tobacco use have been well documented over the last fifty years. Breathing problems such as COPD and lung cancer have been proven to be a direct result of tobacco use. However, there are other negative aspects of smoking that many people disregard simply because they do not receive as much attention. Periodontal disease and oral cancer are extremely serious conditions that are directly caused by tobacco use, and understanding their seriousness can help you avoid destroying your oral health and the health of your entire body.

Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. While the roots of the teeth are held in place inside the jaw bone, it is the gum tissues that hold the teeth securely inside the mouth. When the gums become severely infected, they recede away from the teeth and leave the teeth in a weakened state. Once periodontal disease sets in, the teeth become loose and will eventually fall out of the mouth. To keep the teeth, if possible, extensive dental treatment will be necessary. Smoking and tobacco use causes periodontal disease by irritating the gums so severely that they are vulnerable to infection. While gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, it is a much less serious condition when treated promptly. The effects of gingivitis can be reversed, while the effects of periodontal disease are irreversible.

Tobacco use such as smoking and chewing tobacco also weakens the immune system. When the gums are at a weakened and vulnerable state they are less likely to be able to ward off other diseases and conditions. This weakened immunity makes oral cancer very prominent among those who use tobacco products. The antibodies that should be fighting off toxins have been killed by tobacco, and your mouth is very susceptible to destruction.

Dona W. Prince, DDS, wants nothing more for her dental patients than for them to have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Smoking is a real drag on your oral health, and the use of any type of tobacco products will leave your mouth vulnerable to damage beyond repair. Our practice is here to help you break the habit and overcome the damage that tobacco use has caused. Your first step is quitting, and your second step should be contacting our dental practice for an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dona W. Prince, DDS
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Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Road, Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228