The use of tobacco causes detrimental effects on a person’s entire health. While most people understand that tobacco is an addictive drug that is incredibly difficult to quit, many people continue to pick up this bad habit each year. Most people are aware of the serious health concerns that are directly related to tobacco usage, but there are other areas that receive less attention. The fact that your oral health is often overlooked, often leads to irreversible and devastating results.
When it comes to the mouth, certain issues affect a person’s personal and oral health. Your smile says a great deal about you, leaving others with a lasting impression. If you are trying to land a new job, a promotion, or get a really great date by flashing a stained, discolored, and dingy smile your chances have been significantly lowered. The truth of the matter is that there are more than just a few people vying for the things you are going after. Tobacco use can greatly disrupt your social calendar, your job opportunities, and more.
Two main diseases associated with continued tobacco use include oral cancer and periodontal disease. Both of these have the ability to wreak havoc on your oral health and pose a risk to your life.
Perhaps lesser known, periodontal disease has stark consequences. Periodontal disease is the severe infection of your gums, affecting the support and life of your teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco causes the gum tissues to become irritated and raw, leaving them open and vulnerable to infection. The gums are living tissues, and when they become severely infected, they will begin to recede and die – both of which are irreversible consequences. Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and treating this disease requires extensive treatment at a very high price.
Oral cancer is also caused by the mouth being irritated and inflamed, and the immune system being weakened. Any infection in a weakened place can lead to detrimental costs. It is important to note that cancer cells do not isolate themselves, leaving the entire body vulnerable to contracting this deadly disease.
At Riverheart Family Dentistry, we understand that quitting smoking and tobacco use is difficult, but we also understand the devastating effects to your health. Contact our dental practice to learn how to overcome tobacco damage.