About Oral Care - Smoking
The Effects of Smoking on Dental Health
Smoking is one of the leading risk factors for oral cancer and gum disease and is a leading cause of dry mouth and bad breath. As a smoker, a proper oral hygiene regimen is particularly important to help reduce the risk of gum disease and oral infections.
Smokers are at an Increased Risk of Developing Oral Health Problems
Many of the increased risk factors for smokers, like lung cancer, heart disease or emphysema are well known, but smokers are also at risk of developing numerous, some life threatening, oral health problems.
- Smoking is the main cause of throat and oral cancers
- Smoking can causes dry mouth (Xerostomia)
- Smoking is a major source of bad breath (Halitosis)
- Smoking stains teeth
- Smoking can cause inflammation of the salivary glands
- Smoking increases gum disease by a factor of four
- Tooth loss is twice as high in smokers vs. non-smokers
- Smoking delays healing after tooth extraction, periodontal treatments and dental implants
- Smoking can cause the loss of taste and smell
For a smoker to manage good oral health takes an ongoing vigilant effort. While we, like your dental professional and the Surgeon General, agree that “quitting is the best thing you can do for your mouth and body”, we also understand that it may be easier said than done.
Salese Treats Dry Mouth
If smoking is causing dry mouth, try Salese. Salese has been shown to ease the discomfort associated with dry mouth while balancing the oral pH, providing bacteria fighting ingredients while also giving long-lasting fresh breath.
Dentiva will Help to Maintain Good Oral Health
If you are looking to support your overall oral health you may want to try Dentiva. Dentiva can help to maintain good oral health and has been shown to help control bacteria growth while also balancing the oral pH at a neutral level.
As a smoker you may have special oral hygiene needs. Let you dentist or hygienist know that you are a smoker and ask about special oral hygiene routines tailored to your needs. Keep your dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your health. In addition, do not forget to follow a proper oral hygiene routine including twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing.