There is no doubt that the consumption of tobacco in any form has adverse effects on the mouth and the health of a person (and surrounding persons) in general. Some people may try to downplay the seriousness of smoking, but do not let this fool you or anyone else – your dentist and other health professionals will tell you that tobacco has a negative impact on your body, but especially when it comes to gum disease.
Tobacco Affects Your Whole Mouth
When you inhale tobacco through cigarettes or cigars, or if you use smokeless tobacco products, it affects your whole mouth. Not only does it stain your teeth, stain your tongue, give you bad breath, and increase your risk for oral and throat cancer, but it also leads to periodontal disease – commonly referred to as gum disease. Smokeless tobacco, in particular, can be irritating to the gums because the ingredients often include sugar, grit, and sand. Some signs that there is a problem with your gums include tooth sensitivity and soreness.
Obvious Signs Might Not Always Appear
Many people associate gum disease with bleeding gums. While this is a common symptom, it should not deter you from seeing your dentist if your gums are not bleeding. In fact, chewing tobacco or regular tobacco consumption could also deprive the gums of oxygen, which means they are more likely to not bleed even though there is a problem. Actually, your gums can still look quite healthy while suffering from advanced periodontal disease.
Regular Checkups Are Vital
The best way to prevent the devastating effects of tobacco on the mouth is to stop using it as soon as possible. Another habit you should get into is visiting your dentist every six months. Dr. Parviz Roshanzamir in Vancouver, BC can help plan treatment for advanced gum disease and provide you with options for quitting your tobacco habit. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.