The damaging effects of tobacco use on oral health are well known.
The most significant effects on the mouth are:
Photo 1: Cancer of the tongue
Photo 2: Changes that are reversible
Photo 3: Gum disease
Smokers are more likely to have:
Photo 4: Premature ageing in a 45 year old smoker
Photo 5: Stained smoker's teeth
Photo 6: Healthy smile
Question: Do smokers really lose their teeth sooner than non-smokers?Answer: Yes. Smokers tend to have more gum disease and lose their teeth sooner than non-smokers.
Question: When will the white patches in my mouth disappear?Answer: Many white patches disappear within weeks of stopping smoking.
Question: Will I have problems when I have a tooth extracted?Answer: After a tooth extraction smokers have a much higher incidence of complications such as infection and poor wound healing.
Question: Do smokers really get cancer of the mouth?Answer: Yes. However, if you quit your chances of getting cancer of the mouth are much less.
Question: Does smoking limit my treatment options?Answer: Yes. Implants cannot be provided to smokers due to the inability to heal.
For more advice and support to help you quit smoking, visit the iCanQuit website
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