Protect Your Oral Health by Resolving to Quit Smoking in the New Year

When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, general dentistry appointments and dental cleanings are key. However, your dentist will tell that your lifestyle choices can influence your oral health. By not smoking, for example, you can help prevent a condition called gum disease. Continue reading to learn about the link between your oral health and smoking.

Gum Disease and Your Oral Health

Known also as periodontal disease, gum disease refers to an infection of the gums that, over time, can affect the bone structure that holds your teeth in place. When allowed to progress to a severe stage, periodontal disease can result in tooth loss. This condition begins when bacteria on teeth make their way into the gum tissue and cause symptoms like tenderness, inflammation, bleeding, and swelling of the gums. In its later stages, periodontal disease can cause painful chewing, tooth sensitivity, and loosened teeth. This condition can typically be prevented by regular brushing and flossing, and good oral hygiene can usually reverse gum disease when it’s in its earliest stage, gingivitis.

Gum Disease and Your Smoking Habit

While anyone is susceptible to gum disease, people who smoke are at a higher risk. This is because smoking weakens the body’s immune system, making it less able to fight off infection. Also, the body of a smoker will have more trouble healing the gums once the tissues are damaged. This means that smokers are more at risk for gum disease than non-smokers. Additionally, the more or longer that you smoke, the higher your risk. Finally, treatments for gum disease may not be as effective for people who smoke. For these reasons, quitting smoking this year can do a lot to protect your teeth and gums.

If you’re looking for ways to promote your oral health, then come and see us at Eagle Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive, where we offer high-quality periodontics and general dentistry in Bloomingdale, IL. Please call (630) 894-5992 to make your appointment or for information on our second My Dentist location, Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road.

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