SMOKING AND ORAL HEALTH
Smoking leads to dental problems like bad breath, tooth discoloration, increased build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, increased loss of bone within the jaw, tooth loss, increased risk of developing oral cancer. All these work against oral health.
Smoking and other tobacco products harm ones oral health and can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue of your teeth. More specifically it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissues cells, this interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease and also seems to impair blood flow to the gums which may affect wound healing.
Regardless of how long you have used tobacco products, quitting now can greatly reduce serious risks to both your oral health and overall health. Even reducing the frequency of smoking appears to help.
To stop using tobacco, your dentist or doctor may be able to help you calm the nicotine cravings with medications, such as nicotine gum and patches. Some of these products can be purchased over the counter; others require a prescription. Smoking cessation classes and support groups are often used together with drug therapy. Ask your dentist for information on these forms of treatment.