No Tobacco Day is observed worldwide every year on May 31st, where people are encouraged to abstain from all forms of tobacco use for an entire 24-hour period. Most people are aware of the negative effects tobacco has on their overall health, but we would like to present you with some facts about tobacco use in regards to your oral health.
Tobacco use presents many health risks and poses a significant threat to your oral health and dental hygiene. For example, smoking leads to dental problems including, but not limited to:
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
- Loss of teeth
- Tooth discoloration
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Increased risk of oral cancer
- Increased buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth
- Decreased sense of taste and smell
- Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
This helpful infographic further explains statistics and risk factors.
Is There A Solution?
As you can see, there are many health risks surrounding tobacco use. The most successful and logical solution to avoid or decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health issues is to quit smoking or using tobacco in all forms. Although it is not the easiest option, it is the only way to fully reduce these risks.
At Austin Family Dentistry, we care about you and your health. If you’re considering quitting and would like to know more about smoking cessation, our family dental office would be more than willing to discuss this with you in more detail. Schedule your next appointment with us today!