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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
March 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: smoking  

Using tobacco products not only increases your risk of developing heart disease and other health issues but can also affect your oral smokinghealth. Bergen County, NJ, dentists Andrew Spector, DMD, FAGD, FICOI; Michael Migdal, DMD, FAGD, FICOI; Jennifer Hade, DMD; and Adam Brisman, DMD; at Gentle Dentistry, P.A., explain how smoking can damage your teeth and gums.

Smoking can increase your risk of cavities

Smoking can increase the amount of tartar you have on your teeth. Tartar, a hard deposit, builds up on your teeth if plaque isn't removed promptly and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is so hard that it can only be removed by your dentist.

Gum disease is more likely if you smoke or use tobacco

Gum disease is not only painful, but can also lead to tooth loss if it isn't successfully treated. Smokers are at increased risk for developing this disease and may experience more serious symptoms than non-smokers. Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, forming spaces called pockets. If gum loss is severe, bone loss can occur. Unfortunately, bone loss tends to be more likely if you smoke. Smoking also slows healing, which can make gum disease difficult for your Bergen County, NJ dentists to treat.

Smoking can affect the success of dental implants

Dental implants offer an innovative, permanent way to replace missing teeth. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime, but implant failure can be an issue if you smoke. Smokers are more likely to develop peri-implantitis, an infection that can threaten the health of your implants.

Smoking and tobacco use increases your cancer risk

Smoking or chewing tobacco increases your risk of developing cancerous tumors in your mouth, larynx or the back of your throat. Your risk is greater if you have been using tobacco for many years.

Regular dental exams and cleanings are particularly important if you smoke. Call your Bergen County, NJ, dentists at Gentle Dentistry, P.C., at (201) 384-1611 to schedule an appointment today.