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Oral Care for Smokers

Posted on 6/6/2022 by Dr. John Abajian
Oral Care for SmokersSmoking is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. It increases your risk of gum disease and tooth loss. In addition, smokers are more likely to develop oral cancer. While quitting smoking is the best way to protect your oral health, there are steps you can take to reduce the damage smoking has on your teeth and gums. Here they are:

Brush and Floss Regularly

Smoking increases the amount of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky layer or film of bacteria forming on your teeth, and tartar is a hardened plaque. Both can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Brush and floss regularly to protect your teeth and gums. Be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which will help to prevent cavities. In addition, using a tongue scraper or mouthwash can help to freshen breath and remove bacteria. 

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Visiting the dentist regularly is essential for everyone, but it is especially crucial for smokers. This is because smokers are at an increased risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Your dentist will clean your teeth and check for any signs of gum disease or oral cancer during your appointment. They may also recommend additional treatments, such as scaling and root planing, to help keep your mouth healthy.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is the best way to protect your oral health. If you are a smoker, talk to your dentist about ways you can quit. They may be able to provide you with resources or refer you to a smoking cessation program. In addition, there are many over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help you quit smoking.

Smoking is terrible for your oral health and causes long-term dental problems. These steps will help keep your mouth healthy and reduce the risk of oral health conditions. For more help or proper oral care, please book a consultation with us today.

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