You probably know that smoking can cause lung cancer, respiratory problems, and cost you a load of money from month to month. Did you know, however, that smoking or using chewing tobacco can have a serious negative impact on the health and appearance of your smile? One of the most deadly and disfiguring forms of cancer is oral cancer. It can often fly undetected under the radar for years as it slowly progresses and becomes more invasive. Your best chance for early detection and diagnosis is through your regular dental visits.
Tobacco Use and Your Teeth
We perform life-saving oral cancer screenings at each hygiene appointment to look for suspicious lesions inside your mouth that may be the first sign of oral cancer.
When you use tobacco combined with regular alcohol consumption, your risk goes up significantly. Since oral cancer is a particularly deadly for of cancer, the faster you receive a diagnosis, the greater your chance for survival.
Tobacco is drying to the delicate tissues of your mouth. Constant dryness combined with regular exposure to the carcinogens in tobacco can cause gum disease – an infection in your gum tissue that puts your health and teeth at risk.
Tobacco can have a negative impact on your appearance, as well. Tobacco, both smoke and smokeless, can stain your teeth a deep dark brown or even black. By brushing your teeth daily, flossing, and using a whitening toothpaste, you can slow down the staining process. The only thing that will remove the stains entirely is to have a professional dental cleaning. Your hygienist will use a precision instrument to scrape away the stains from the surface of your teeth.
You can also bleach stains using a professional whitening system. Whitening pastes and rinses only go so far. A professional custom teeth whitening system will always give you better results. We design and create your whitening trays for you in our office.
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