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Effects of Smoking on Oral Health

Smoking tobacco and nicotine products can be detrimental to both your oral health and your overall health. The same can be said for vaping, which can have many similarly negative effects. Our Ballston cosmetic dentist, Dr. Colin Morton, wants people to understand the potential risks associated with smoking and vaping as well as the potential impacts that nicotine usage can have on the look and function of your smile.

Not only can smoking and vaping have negative consequences on your oral health, they can also negatively impact any dental work you have had completed. Smoking and vaping can also cause problems in the future if you have any new cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatments, such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. Nicotine usage can weaken the structures within your mouth, increasing the risk of implant failure and reducing the longevity of any cosmetic enhancements. 

Negative Impacts of Smoking & Vaping

It has been well-documented by health officials and doctors around the world that smoking can cause a plethora of health problems. That list of potential negative side effects includes numerous detriments to your oral health and hygiene.

One of the most common and noticeable things that can be impacted by smoking is the visual appearance of one’s teeth. Smoking can cause discoloration and teeth staining, typically creating a yellow or brown tone. These stains can be difficult to address, and professional teeth whitening is often necessary to restore the former color and luster of your smile. Other possible side effects of smoking can also include: 

  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath
  • Inflammation of the salivary glands
  • Excess tartar and plaque buildup
  • Decreased jaw bone density 
  • Increased risk for oral cancer
  • Prolonged healing times after dental work
  • Decreased success rates of dental procedures, such as implants

Although vaping is generally considered less detrimental to your health than smoking, it can still cause many of the same negative side effects. Nicotine in general often restricts the natural flow of blood to your gums. This effect can lead to further health issues over time. In addition to the aforementioned risks, the impacts of vaping can include:

  • Weakened gums
  • Weakened bone tissue
  • Increased frequency of cavities 
  • Increased chance of periodontal disease

If you would like to learn more about the negative effects of smoking and vaping on your oral health, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morton, contact us today.

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