The teeth of a smoker require more rigorous care than those of non-smokers. Smoking increases one’s odds of periodontal disease and leukoplakia and is one of the nation’s leading causes of tooth loss. In addition, those serious afflictions, other dental effects of smoking include:
- Diminished sense of taste
- Foul breath
- Stained teeth
Smoking is also linked with slower rates of healing from dental work and a diminished rate of success for procedures such as implants. Smoking may even make certain patients ineligible for some procedures. If you are a smoker, please talk to Dr. Reitano and our team about tips to protect your teeth, and ensure that you are practicing elevated hygiene to protect any dental work you have had done.
Smokers’ Oral Hygiene Tips
- Seek assistance in quitting from www.smokefree.gov, www.cancer.org, or www.hazleton.org.
- Schedule regular cleanings and ask to be screened for periodontal disease
- Maintain a rigorous cleaning routine
Quitting smoking is the best option for your teeth. Take care of your teeth, and consider quitting smoking today. Our team is here to support you, and help connect you to resources.