Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our dental team care for you, your smile, and your health, which is why we strongly recommend that you avoid or quit smoking. We encourage this because, unfortunately, smoking can severely damage your smile and even your health.
The first way smoking can alter your smile is by changing its color. In fact, it can make your teeth yellow or even brown. This can plummet your self-confidence, make socializing difficult, and even form a negative first impression with someone. When it comes to whitening the teeth, few treatments can help. You might need multiple professional whitening treatments. And even then, they might not provide sufficient results.
Another way smoking can alter your smile is by increasing the growth of plaque and tartar on your teeth. This is threatening because plaque and tartar are two major causes of tooth decay and gum disease. These two issues can result in loose and lost teeth and even a poor overall health. In fact, gum disease has been linked to health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Another way smoking can affect you is by increasing your chance of having oral cancer. Oral cancer is a form of cancer that can destroy your mouth, alter your entire health, and even kill you.
To learn more about smoking and how it can affect your oral health in Lansing, Michigan, please call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing today at 517-333-3160. Our dental team will be happy to talk to you and teach you more so you can keep your smile, oral health, and overall health in tip-top shape.