It was over fifty years ago that the Surgeon General published a report on the direct connection between smoking cigarettes and the development of lung cancer. Today, we have a wealth of knowledge readily available at our fingertips, but we are all aware of the dangers of smoking and the link between nicotine and lung conditions. But did you also know that smoking can impact your oral health as well?
How smoking cigarettes affects oral health and wellness
While lung cancer is often associated with cigarette smoking, there are many additional complications that are related that impact oral health. Smoking cigarettes is also known for contributing to:
- Development of periodontal disease
- Oral cancers
- Dental decay
- Function of soft tissues
- Impact to the bone of the jaw
- Failure of dental implants
Evidence also shows that individuals who have regular exposure to second-hand smoke may be at risk of these conditions as well. This is why it is vital for patients to be knowledgeable about how their bad habits are impacting themselves and others, and find a way to stop smoking to reduce their risks of other health concerns that can develop.
What are some ways to stop smoking?
Every year, millions of Americans make the decision to stop smoking. Maybe they want to live a healthier life, or perhaps they want to save money. Whatever the reason, we congratulate these individuals for wanting a better life without cigarette smoke. Some individuals may find the list of methods used to stop smoking helpful.
Smoking cessation techniques:
- “Cold turkey”
- Behavioral therapy
- Nicotine replacement options
- Prescription medications for withdrawals
- Combination of the above options
Please call us to arrange an appointment
At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we work with patients who are dealing with habits and conditions that might impact their smile’s appearance, function, or health. If you are interested in learning more about how smoking cigarettes can impact your oral health and overall wellness, we encourage you to book an appointment with our team by calling (703) 448-1020. We are committed to providing the best possible dental care for patients in the area of McLean, VA and the surrounding communities.