Are you a smoker? If you answered yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are one of the nearly 20 percent of American adults ages 18 and older who smoke. Smoking is an extremely addictive habit and quitting can be a huge challenge, but there are numerous health reasons to quit smoking. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, emphysema, bronchitis, and can lead to stroke. It also makes it harder for the immune system to heal your body from illness, and can exacerbate issues like asthma and pneumonia. Although this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that you inhale smoke through your teeth and into your mouth, smoking can cause serious oral health issues too. Below are eight dental reasons why you shouldn’t smoke.
Reasons to Quit Smoking
#1: Smokers have more oral health problems than non-smokers, such as oral ulcers and mouth sores.
#2: Smoking impacts your sense of taste and smell.
#3: Smoking causes bad breath.
#4: Smoking stains your teeth and tongue with tar and other tobacco residue.
#5: Smoking compromises your immune system making it difficult to heal from tooth extraction and other surgical procedures.
#6: Smokers cannot fight off bacterial plaque as effectively as non-smokers resulting in more cavities.
#8: Smoking causes cancer of the lips, tongue, mouth, salivary glands, throat, and tonsils.
If you need help to quit smoking check out this informational source: http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/quit-now/index.html.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.