We know that you have seen the commercials and magazine ads about how bad smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco is for your body, but do you know what it can do to your teeth and overall oral health? The National Cancer Institute reported that “cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including approximately 49,000 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.”
Not only does tobacco harm your body, but it can also affect those around you. The American Dental Association explains that the other possible oral health impacts of smoking and all tobacco products include:
- Stained teeth and tongue
- Dulled sense of taste and smell
- Slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
- Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of the above health problems and if you are considering starting smoking or chewing tobacco, then think again. It’s important to have a support network if you make the decision to quit so you stick to your plan and follow through with your goals.
“Bottom line: A smoke-free environment is healthier for you and for those around you. Make a plan to quit, stick to it and start living a healthier life,” the ADA explains.
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