If you smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco, we doubt that we’re the first person whose told you that it can have negative effects on your overall health. People smoke or use chewing tobacco for all different reasons, and we’re not here to judge you. That being said, it is our professional duty to let you know the damage that cigarettes and tobacco can have on your dental health so you can make the best decisions going forward.
Aside from causing bad breath, tobacco products can cause a lot more problems for our mouth. Cigarettes and tobacco can cause:
- Stained teeth or tongue.
- Inhibited sense of taste and smell.
- Delayed healing after dental work.
- Increased likelihood of problems during dental work.
- Difficulties correcting cosmetic dental problems.
- Gum disease,
- Mouth cancer.
Preventing Tobacco-Related Mouth Problems
When it comes to preventing tobacco-related mouth problems, the only solution is to quit using these products. We know that this is easier said than done, but things like brushing your teeth and flossing aren’t going to be able to prevent sensory degeneration or the potential onset of mouth cancer. Brushing and flossing are still important, but tobacco products simply have the potential to do too much damage that can’t be offset by a good dental hygiene plan.
If you are interested in giving up tobacco but are finding the process difficult, talk to your dentist. They’ll be able to suggest some products that can help reduce your nicotine craving and ween you off tobacco, and they’ll be able to share some other helpful tips and tricks. You’re not in this fight alone, and your dentist can be a key resource as you make positive changes to your oral health.
Minnesota Dental Clinics
Regardless of whether you’re a smoker or tobacco user, it’s very important to have a dedicated dental hygiene plan every day. Ensure that you are brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and try to floss at least once a day. On a bigger scale, be sure to set up regular appointments with a dentist so they can look for signs of problems so little issues don’t turn into big messes. To set up an appointment with a dentist in your area, or to talk to Dr. Brooks about any dental questions you might have, feel free to get in contact with his office today!