10 Reasons to Quit Smoking

10 reasons your Dentist and the Surgeon General want you to quit smoking

The United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first ‘Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health’ by expanding the list of illnesses associated with smoking in January 2014. Your dentist, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) want you to take control of your oral health and to be aware of the following:

1. Smoking may dry out your mouth, reducing saliva production, leaving bacteria, tar and up to 4,800 chemicals that make up a cigarette, to damage your gums and teeth.

2. Smoking may cause gum disease.

3. Smoking may dull your sense of taste and smell.

4. Smoking may give you bad breath.

5. Smoking may delay tooth adjustments with orthodontic work.

6. Smoking may delay healing after oral surgery.

7. Smoking may promote tooth decay.

8. Smoking may contribute to receding gums.

9. Smoking may be a contributing factor to failed dental implants.

10. Smoking may stain your teeth and tongue.

Most people agree that smoking is bad for your health.

Talk to your dentist about concerns you may have regarding your smoking habits. It may surprise you to discover that the dentist is sympathetic to your situation and may be able to help you with alternatives and solutions regarding your overall oral health. Contact your dentist today for a consultation.

 

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