Did you know that smoking is a leading cause of tooth decay and tooth loss? In West Virginia, we have one of the highest rates of smoking among adults in all 50 states. Smoking can cause gum disease and other oral health problems, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. If you smoke, it’s important to make sure you are taking care of your teeth and gums by seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. You can also help prevent tooth decay and gum disease by quitting smoking.
Vaping, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss
Studies have shown that vaping increases your risk for gum disease. Researchers found that people who used e-cigarettes had more plaque buildup on their teeth and were more likely to have gum disease than those who did not vape. So, if you are looking to improve your oral health, quitting smoking (and vaping) is a good place to start!
Smoking and Oral Cancer
Smoking is also linked to an increased risk of developing oral cancer. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop this disease. While the exact cause of oral cancer is unknown, we do know that tobacco use is a major risk factor. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes damages the cells in your mouth and throat, making them more susceptible to cancer-causing agents.
How Can Gum Disease and Tooth Loss Be Prevented?
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Flossing daily, can help remove plaque from your teeth and gums.
- Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also important
- See your dentist regularly, at least once a year.
- Quit Smoking
If you have questions about tobacco use, gum disease, and tooth loss you may Contact Us online or call our offices at 301-791-1700. Oral and Facial Surgery has locations in Hagerstown, Maryland and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and our offices are just a short drive from Martinsburg, West Virginia.