The Woodlands and Houston, TX
You may know that smoking increases risks for gum disease. You may have heard that smokers are more likely to develop tooth decay and infections. You probably know that smokers comprise a bulk majority of oral cancer patients. What you may not know is this: a new study has found cigarette smoke alters the oral microbiome, leaving smokers vulnerable to a host of oral and systemic illnesses.
There are around 600 species of bacteria in the human mouth. Some of these are beneficial to overall oral health. Others? No so much. In smokers, the not so helpful strains – like Streptococcus – are much higher than in nonsmokers. In fact, smokers have a higher concentration of 150 potentially harmful bacterial strains and a lower level of many beneficial strains. What’s more, this change remains to at least some extent for up to ten years after quitting. Looks like right now is the best time to drop the habit if you plan on reducing your risks for oral and systemic health issues within the next decade.
Quitting smoking now can have a tremendously positive impact on the health and beauty of your smile. Cigarettes pose a number of oral health risks, but they also stain teeth, promote halitosis and dry mouth, and create aesthetic issues like black hairy tongue. If you are a smoker, now, during Oral Cancer Awareness Month, is the best time to quit. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you and discuss the oral health and beauty benefits of not smoking, and can even provide you with treatments that address some of those issues to produce a brighter, healthier, and more attractive smile right away.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Scott Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Located in The Woodlands, we serve Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas.
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