Tobacco awareness is a great way to learn about the increased dangers of tobacco use. This has helped arm people with information about the negative effects of tobacco use on the cardiovascular system as well as increased cancer risk. As you might imagine, tobacco use can also have a serious negative impact on your oral health and appearance.
On a cosmetic level, frequent tobacco use deeply stains your teeth and causes bad breath. Using lozenges and hard candy to cover the smell also leads to an increase in the buildup of plaque and tartar. Over time, this can easily lead to gum disease.
Gum tissue is also irritated by tobacco use. This usually means you’ll suffer from longer recovery times after dental procedures. It also makes you more prone to developing infections in the gum tissue.
Tobacco cessation can be a serious challenge. Fortunately, there are several tobacco cessation programs available for you to choose from. Your doctor can help you find a tobacco cessation program that is right for you.
If you’re serious about quitting, if you have questions about tobacco cessation, or if you’re concerned that you are developing oral health problems related to your tobacco use, please feel free to call us at 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment.