While we are all aware of the many consequences of smoking, not many people understand the impact smoking has on your oral health. Smokers and ex-smokers can help to partially mitigate the effects of smoking by following a few oral health guidelines. Here are five recommendations:
The most critical step to protect your oral health is to quit smoking. Tobacco can lead to a number of dental problems, including gum disease, oral cancer, tooth discoloration, and bad breath. When you quit smoking, you benefit your overall health, but also improve your oral health.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Anyone, not just smokers, can help to maintain sound oral health by brushing and flossing regularly. Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day using a flexible soft bristled toothbrush that can reach all the areas in your mouth, along with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along your gumlines. And don’t just brush but learn the proper method of brushing.
Regular Visits to Your Dentist
Regular dental checkups are vital for us all, but especially for smokers. Dentists can identify early signs of oral health problems and provide appropriate treatments. They can also perform professional cleanings to remove stubborn stains caused by smoking and assess any potential oral cancer risks.
Using an antiseptic mouthwash can help to reduce bacteria in the mouth and freshen your breath. Choose an alcohol free mouthwash that contains fluoride to strengthen your teeth. Consult your dentist to find the most suitable mouthwash for your specific needs.
Hydrate and Stay Hygienic
Smoking can cause dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist and help wash away harmful bacteria. Additionally, practicing good overall hygiene, such as avoiding sharing utensils or toothbrushes, can prevent the spread of oral infections.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for smokers and ex-smokers. By following these critical oral care tips and seeking professional dental care regularly, you can minimize the negative effects of smoking on your oral health.
For more help with maintaining good oral health, you should contact Beyond Dentistry and Laser Center. Dr. Simon Kappel and his staff can screen you for any potential problems and advise you on various treatment options. Dr. Kappel is an expert in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic makeovers. His office is proud to be able to provide quick service no matter what your oral health needs may be. From the moment that you first call for information or to make an appointment, you will feel welcomed and relaxed.
At our practice, we don’t just perform dental procedures, we change lives. Dr. Kappel and his friendly staff focus on patient comfort and convenience, and they will make every effort to assure your satisfaction. That’s why so many patients from all over the U.S. and even other countries make the trip to Brooklyn to see Dr. Kappel.
If you would like information about our practice, or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 718-650-2408. We look forward to meeting you!