Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.” It’s not easy, but if you’re a smoker, you’ve seen the warning on cigarette packages that advise against quitting because it reduces serious risks to your health. Sure enough, studies have found that tobacco use may be one of the biggest risk factors in the development of periodontal disease. At Greenville Family Dentistry, we can’t force you to put the pack down, but we can tell you how smoking affects your oral health.
Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections and seems to impair blood flow to the gums which can affect wound healing. Tobacco’s greatest threat to your oral health in addition to periodontal disease is its association with oral cancer. Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of tobacco-related health problems.
For more information about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Emuedue at Greenville Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, call 903-455-6701.