We all know smoking is bad for your health and can cause many health problems, but how does smoking affect your oral health? We know smoking can stain your teeth, cause bad breath and cancer, but did you know the affect smoking has on teeth and gums? Patients are asked if they smoke on the personal health form and they are advised to stop smoking during treatment and to try and stop all together to help with the healing process.
The toxins in cigarette smoke damages teeth and gums, it also reduces the blood flow to your gums and supporting tissues of the tooth making it more likely to become inflamed. Because of this people who smoke are more likely to have gum disease which can result in tooth loss. Smoking can slow down the healing process and it is advisable to stop smoking to help the healing process after any kind of surgery. As my colleague says why spend so much time and money getting the perfect smile only to risk it my smoking.
https://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/mouth-cancer/smoking-and-oral-health and http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Medical-Conditions/Cancer-Oral-Health/article/Smoking-A-Danger-To-Healthy-Gums.cvsp