The High Price of Tobacco Use
Learn more about the ways in which tobacco products can negatively affect you dental health and well being.
According to the CDC, approximately 480,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are due to health issues caused by cigarette smoking. Cigarettes and other tobacco products have been linked to cancers, heart and vascular disease, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Tobacco use also takes a significant toll on your oral health, damaging teeth, soft tissues, and bone.
Here are some facts about how tobacco use can damage your dental health:
- Approximately 50% of adult smokers develop gum (periodontal) disease.
- Smoking hinders treatments for periodontal disease.
- Smokers are twice as likely to experience tooth loss, or require root canals compared with non-smokers.
- Cigarette use contributes to dental pain, cavities, and receding gums, causing loss of teeth.
- Tobacco interferes with your immune system, increasing the likelihood for developing infections in your teeth and gums, and also impedes blood vessel growth, slowing healing after dental procedures or trauma.
- Chewing tobacco, cigars, snuff, and unprocessed tobacco leaves contain tiny abrasive particles that erode teeth with time.
- Smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff, dip) users are 50 times more likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer than non-tobacco users.
While it is understandable that stopping tobacco use is difficult, embracing a tobacco-free lifestyle will support better health, as well as save you money in healthcare costs and tobacco purchases. If you have oral damage caused by tobacco use, contact the dental professionals at The Summit OMS to discuss your options for a healthier smile and better quality of life.