Tobacco Use And Periodontal Disease

encinitas quit smokingDid you know that when you smoke or use smokeless tobacco products you risk cancer and also issues with your gums, such as disease or tooth loss? Which is why we urge our patients to quit right away! In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about why quitting tobacco products can preserve your smile.

The Factors Behind Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed and irritated. The initial stage is known as gingivitis, and could occur due to plaque buildup often a result of poor brushing and flossing habits, as well as a diet high in sugar and starch. Gingivitis is also linked to infrequent dental cleanings and of course, the use of tobacco products. As the gums become sore, appear redder than usual, and bleed, this means you need treatment to either reverse gingivitis, or manage periodontal disease. Over time, the disease will form and grow in severity unless treated, which means a greater risk of worsening symptoms and eventual tooth loss. Our team wants to see you right away for an exam and to discuss possible solutions!

The Impact of Smoking

When we smoke or use smokeless tobacco products, or even vape, this can impact the gums in negative ways, worsening the state of the disease and leading to an increased risk of periodontitis, the advanced stage that destroys the tissues linking your gums and teeth, and causing adult tooth loss. In addition, tobacco use is also linked to oral cancer. Did you know that oral cancer has a high mortality rate, with 50% of those diagnosed succumbing to it in just five years? This is because the issue is rarely discovered in the early stages, but you can reduce your risk by avoiding cigarettes and other related products. You also reduce your risk of lung and throat cancer, and emphysema. But in addition to poor health, the use of these products is also linked to bad breath and teeth stains.

Quit Today!

To protect your gum health and your overall health as well, we urge you to quit right away. Some people opt for patches and other products to aid in this process, while some may even consider hypnosis. We can talk about realistic strategies and options to help you quit and protect your periodontal health today. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to our team, or schedule a consultation.

Talk to Dr. Kania About Protecting Your Gum Health

Our team wants to help you maintain your best smile, avoiding the risk of tooth loss. To learn more about treating gum concerns or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at our office in Encinitas, CA today at 760-642-0711.