The numerous ways that smoking affects your health are well-known due to decades of awareness campaigns and educational materials. Smoking is tied to everything from cancer and heart disease to strokes and even poor bone health.

But many people are unaware of how detrimental smoking is for their oral and dental health. All types of smoking, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, and even vaporizers can cause serious oral health issues.

The cancerous particles in tobacco smoke aren’t just damaging to the lungs and cardiovascular system. They’re also damaging to the tissues inside the mouth. In the long-term, they can cause cancerous growths, but in the short-term, they can cause issues such as stained teeth, bad breath, slowed healing, receding gums, and even periodontal (gum) disease.

We Can Treat Smoking-Related Dental Problems

The first and most important step for correcting oral health complications caused by smoking is to quit. Stopping tobacco usage can be difficult for many smokers, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your overall and oral health.

If you’re a current or former smoker, it’s also essential to see a dentist regularly for checkups. Your oral health may be more susceptible to potential complications than other people’s, and having a trained eye inspect your teeth, gums, and oral tissue on a frequent basis can help you prevent small problems from turning into major and even potentially life-threatening issues.

When you schedule an appointment with the dental experts at 101st Adult Dentistry, you’ll get the following treatments and care designed to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems from occurring or getting worse:

Evaluation and diagnosis—Our dental team will inspect your teeth, gums, and oral tissue for signs of disease. Early detection is key for smoking-related issues, including various types of oral cancer.

Cleaning—Smoking is detrimental to a healthy smile and a clean mouth. Our dental team can remove plaque and years of built-up nicotine and tobacco stains on your teeth, restoring the appearance of your smile.

Treatment—If we detect any smoking-related problems with your teeth, gums, or oral tissue, we’ll arrange a treatment plan to help you tackle the problem and to protect your health.

Book Your Clarksville Dental Appointment Today

At 101st Adult Dentistry, we’re proud to provide high-quality dental care for adult patients throughout Clarksville.

Request a dental appointment using our online form or call us at (931) 906-8800. Don’t take your smile and oral health for granted—get the diagnosis and treatment you need today.