It’s no secret that smoking carries certain health dangers — such as respiratory problems, lung disease, and even cancer. But one thing you may not know is that smoking also affects your dental health — increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth loss, seriously compromising your smile and overall appearance.
At the office of Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we want all of our patients to look and feel their best. Our skilled and knowledgeable team will evaluate the health and appearance of your teeth and gums, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Why should smoking affect the teeth and gums? At least initially, smokers may not recognize they have gum disease because they don’t see the classic symptoms of infection, such as red, swollen or bleeding gums. This is usually because the nicotine in tobacco smoke interferes with normal blood circulation. When this happens, the gums may appear healthy when they really are not.
That same poor circulation can also interfere with the production of antibodies in the system, compromising the body’s ability to fight the infection — usually making it worse, complicating the treatment and slowing the healing process.
The good news is that the effect of smoking on gum health can be reversed — by quitting the habit. Once you stop, your body will start repairing the damage. And the longer you abstain, the more your gum health will improve! We know that’s easier said than done, but for those who are truly committed, there are medically-supported cessation programs using drugs or other techniques that can help you kick the habit.
At the office of Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’ll examine the overall dental condition and offer effective treatment options to keep your teeth and gums in optimal health. For more information on the full range of periodontal services that we provide, give us a call today.