Smoking and Oral Cancer
Smoking can affect every part of the body and can have a very bad impact on the mouth. Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, our dedicated dentists are determined to help our patients quit smoking to become healthier. Smoking can lead to serious diseases with the most serious being oral cancer.
Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth, tongue, palate, cheeks and lips. Research has found that people who are diagnosed with oral cancer, 75% are smokers and people who drink alcohol and smoke are 35 times more likely to develop oral cancer. Oral Cancer happens when normal cells in the mouth become mutated. Every time you breathe in cigarette smoke, harmful chemicals go through your mouth and throat and end up in your lungs. When this is constantly repeated over time the harmful chemicals can lead to changes in your mouth causing oral cancer. Oral Cancer is most commonly found on the sides of the tongue or the floor of the mouth. Oral cancer can be treated with surgery, radiotherapy or sometimes tooth extractions. Smoking is very hard to give up, but oral cancer is a preventable disease which is why it is so important to try to quit and to come for your regular check-ups here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic where our dentists will do a free oral cancer screening with every check-up.
Smoking can affect the mouth in other ways as smoking is one of the causes of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease occurs when there is a build up of hardened plaque called calculus around the gum line. Bacteria than leads to the deterioration of the gums, bones and tissue which keep the tooth in place. This will usually lead to loose teeth as there is nothing keeping the tooth supported. Although bacteria cause this, smoking has an impact as it affects your immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infections. Smoking makes it harder for gums to heal as it stops oxygen from getting to the gum. People who smoke have twice the chance of developing gum disease. If you are a smoke it is vital that you regularly get your teeth cleaned by a hygienist to prevent the chances of getting periodontal disease.
Oral cancer and periodontal disease are the more serious affects of smoking on the oral cavity but there are other ways smoking can have an impact on your mouth. Smoking can disturb your taste buds and affect your taste. After an extraction, dry socket which is a painful infection is a lot more common in smokers than non-smokers. Smoking can also cause bad breath and staining on your teeth as the tar in the smoke sticks to your teeth creating yellow and brown stains which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we understand that nicotine is an extremely addictive substance which is why we are here to help give you all the help and information to get you to stop smoking. Keeping your teeth clean by brushing and flossing daily can be one of the best ways to give you that push to want to be healthier. It is never too late stop smoking and live a healthier lifestyle.