Cut Out Cigarettes This New Year and Be Good to Your Gums

The warning labels on cigarette packages are almost impossible to miss. Some known health dangers, such as an increased risk of lung cancer, are obvious. There are other, less apparent risks to be concerned with too. One is the higher probability of developing gum disease.

The possible links between the heath of your gums and smoking include:

  • Cigarettes may interfere with the normal functions of gum tissue.
  • People who smoke are potentially more susceptible to infections, including those associated with the gums.
  • Smoking might hinder the flow of blood to the mouth’s soft tissues, which could slow the healing time of wounds.

Although the side effects of cigarette usage are likely well known to medical professionals, many people might not realize precisely how their habit is hurting their mouths.

Make a Worthwhile Change by Giving Up Cigarettes

A new year has arrived, and traditionally, people use this season to come up with resolutions that will help them live better during the months and years to come. If you are interested in making a change that will positively affect your overall health as well as your oral health, consider quitting smoking.

Smokeless Tobacco is Not a Better Alternative

Some smokers mistakenly think they are making a worthy switch by putting down cigarettes in favor of smokeless tobacco. However, if you are under the same impression, just ask our periodontist in Monroe, CT.  Patients are often surprised to learn that smokeless tobacco adversely affects gum health.

Specifically, smokeless tobacco can cause the gums to pull back from the teeth and expose tooth roots. When that happens, people are more likely to suffer from cavities and sensitive teeth. In addition, everyday activities like eating and drinking may become extremely painful.

If you are ready to quit smoking, discuss your goals with our periodontist, Dr. Richard Amato and the rest of our friendly dental care team. We can provide more details about why giving up cigarettes is such a good choice for your overall health. Call (203) 712-0917 to make an appointment.


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