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Smoking and Your Oral Health: The Habit That Wreaks More Havoc Than You Think

  • February 19, 2014

While most smokers realize that indulging in their tobacco habit can lead to stained, yellowed teeth, many of the other health effects remain outside the realm of common knowledge. At Lanap & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Williamsport and Collegeville, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Bui educate their patients on the many little known consequences of tobacco use, as well as the myriad oral health benefits of smoking cessation.

More Than Just Yellow Teeth

In addition to leaving tell-tale stains set deep into your enamel, smoking tobacco can lead to numerous other dental and oral health complications. Patients who undergo even simple oral surgery procedures like wisdom tooth extraction, for example, face the risk of infection, dry socket and a longer recovery time if they are smokers. Tobacco users are also at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease and leukoplakia, a condition characterized by white patches inside the mouth.

The side effects of smoking in the mouth are more than skin deep. Salivary glands that rest within the roof of the mouth can become inflamed and the chances of oral cancer are increased significantly. Tartar and plaque buildup becomes more of a problem in smokers as well. This can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and deterioration of bone tissue in the jaw. Patients who receive dental implants are more likely to experience failure of the implant itself if they continue smoking following the procedure.

It is said that quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person will ever do. We believe that reclaiming your oral health after decades of smoking shouldn’t have to be as difficult. That’s why Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Bui offer both preventative and restorative oral health treatment in addition to smoking cessation assistance.

Calling It Quits for Good

Whether you’ve already quit smoking and you’re looking to repair the damage that tobacco has caused or you’re a current smoker seeking an effective cessation method, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Bui can help. Contact us at either of our convenient locations in Williamsport or Collegeville today to discover the path to a better quality of life without cigarettes. Patients visit us from all over Philadelphia, including the nearby communities of Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Pottstown, Phoenixville, Sunbury and beyond.