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For a long time now, we know that smoking contributes to poor health and illness. But did you know that smoking is also a major contributor to dental problems? It’s true, smoking can adversely affect your teeth, gums and soft oral tissues. So today, Dr. Jorge de la Osa and our dental team would like to take a moment to share some good reasons to consider quitting.

Smoking and oral cancer: Approximately 90% of people who currently have oral cancer or throat cancer have smoked. Sadly, smoking increases one’s risk of developing oral cancer in the mouth, including on the lips and tongue. Oral cancer is treatable and requires a diagnosis, and if left untreated may lead to death.

Smoking, tooth decay, and gum disease: smoking contributes to the buildup of plaque and tartar in the mouth. This accumulation can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not treated by your dentist to halt this progression. Without treatment, you may end up with loose or lost teeth and increase your risks of developing diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.

Smoking and tooth discoloration: Tobacco is exceptionally adept at discoloring tooth enamel. Whether you are smoking or chewing tobacco, your teeth will darken, staining yellow or even brown. This unsightly effect on your pearly whites can lower self-confidence as you become self-conscious about smiling. To remove these stains require professional teeth whitening treatments.

If you or someone you love is a smoker, we encourage cessation. If you would like to know more about smoking and your oral health in Commerce, California, please reach out to Sunshine Dental Group and speak with our experienced dental team. We invite you to call 323.266.2120 today. We look forward to helping you create a healthy, confident smile!