Smoking Has Great Damage to Oral Health and Teeth
You may have seen the warnings on the cigarette packs: “Quitting smoking immediately reduces the factors that threaten your health at a high rate”.
Which of the diseases associated with smoking come to mind?
High probability of lung cancer. Maybe emphysema.
But did you know that 50 percent of gum diseases seen in smokers are caused by smoking?
Chronic gum diseases can cause you to lose your teeth completely.
“Studies show that tobacco use may be one of the biggest factors in the development of gum disease,” he notes. Gum disease is a bacterial infection. It is a disease that destroys the soft tissue and bone that hold your teeth to your jaw. Bacteria grow in dental plaques located in the cavities on the edge of your teeth. Thus, your body reacts against dental plaques and this causes soft tissues and bones to collapse. Studies show that smokers have more tartar than nonsmokers. This may be due to low saliva production. The chemicals in tobacco are thought to interfere with the flow of blood to the gums. And this slows down the healing process; it makes the treatment results unpredictable and negative.
The gum starts to collapse
In the early stages of the disease, you may notice bleeding when brushing your teeth or cleaning with a rope. As the infection worsens, your gums begin to collapse. It pulls back from your teeth and produces cavities. Then, the space between your gums and teeth gets deeper as the supporting structures in your mouth collapse one by one. And eventually, your teeth become loose, and you start to experience pain and pain. In fact, your teeth may fall out completely.
He emphasizes that “Smokers have less bleeding or redness in the gums, although their oral health is low”, and that this situation actually misleads people about dental health, makes them think that their teeth are healthy and that this is why it is very important for smokers to take care of their oral and dental examinations.
Using tobacco products can cause gum disease to get worse faster. Smokers have deeper spaces between oral health and teeth and gums than non-smokers and suffer more severe bone loss. Studies show that people who smoke are 3 to 6 times more at risk than non-smokers. The severe bone loss rate is 5 times higher among smokers, those who have quit, and those who have never smoked.
THE TREATMENT PROCESS IS DIFFICULT
Smoking not only increases your risk of gum disease but also makes the treatment process very difficult. And it even reduces the chances of treatment being successful. This is because smoking prevents your mouth from repairing itself. A study on this topic reveals that smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth 5 years after gum treatment, compared to non-smokers. In studies examining non-surgical gum treatments, smokers show much less improvement than non-smokers. Smokers also fall short of responding to treatment with oral surgery. The non-retention rate of dental implants is much higher in smokers because smoking reduces bone healing to a high degree.
Dental crowns and bridges look great when first placed. But smokers often lose this image, especially when the gums recede and the bone is lost. Popular cosmetic applications such as porcelain laminate cannot maintain their strength and beauty for a long time for smokers.
Smoking isn’t the only thing that contributes to gum disease. All tobacco products negatively affect gum health. These include pipes, smokeless tobacco, and cigars. Labels on smokeless products such as nicotine gums indicate that such products cause oral cancer, gum disease, or tooth loss. The only good news about smoking and oral health is that the Ministry of Health warnings are correct. Quitting smoking immediately reduces the factors that threaten your health at a high rate. According to a recently published study, the rate of dental disease among people who stopped smoking 11 years ago is the same as those who have never smoked. Even reducing the usage rate helps. A study on this topic reveals that the risk of illness of those who smoke 1.5 packs a day is 6 times compared to non-smokers, but that those who smoke a half pack a day are 3 times.
ORAL CANCER OCCURS
Tobacco’s greatest health hazard maybe its link with oral cancer. Smoking tobacco products from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can cause cancer in the mouth or in the throat, which is just in the throat of the mouth. It can also cause cancer of the larynx, esophagus, kidney, bladder, and several other organs. The smoking pipe can also cause lip cancer where the pipe touches. According to the American Society for Cancer Research:
• 90 percent of people with oral cancer and some types of throat cancer smoke.
The risk of these cancers in the body increases with the frequency of using these products. Smokers are 6 times more at risk than non-smokers. It is stated that 37 percent of patients who continue to smoke after cancer treatment recurrence of cancer and secondary mouth, throat, and throat cancer occurs. Smokeless tobacco is associated with cancers of the cheeks, gums, and inner lips. Smokeless tobacco increases these cancer risks 50 times.
Dental implants replace lost teeth. However, smokers should know that this procedure is likely to fail. Studies consistently show that implant disorders are more common in smokers. However, those considering implantation should take this risk into consideration. It is very important to quit smoking before having an implant. I suggest you seek counseling and help with quitting.