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Smoking cigarettes contributes to a decline in your oral health. The chain can be broken by brushing and flossing regularly and by stopping the use of tobacco. If you start smoking at age 18 and smoke one pack a day, you will lose 4 to 5 teeth by the time you are 35. Other impacts include:

  • Increased risk of oral cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Smoking causes 75 % of all oral cancers
  • Excessive yellowing of your teeth from sticky tar deposits
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Smoker’s palate (red inflammation of roof of the your mouth)
  • Limited blood flow to gum tissue, restricting the necessary nutrients for healthy gums and teeth
  • Tooth loss in smokers occurs at a rate of 2.9 teeth every 10 years for men and 1.5 teeth every 10 years for women
  • Slower healing after any dental treatment can lead to a condition known as dry socket
  • Decreased sense of taste and inability to distinguish between the taste of different foods

If you are a smoker, talk to Dr. Geare about these risks, and get the support to help you quit.