How Smoking Affects Dental Health
By now, most people know that smoking is a bad habit that can lead to a host of negative health effects, such as lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. However, fewer people are aware that smoking also causes problems for your oral health.
According to a recent report published by the National Center for Health Statistics, adults who smoke are four times more likely to have poor oral health than non-smokers, and they are twice as likely as non-smokers to have three or more oral health problems.
The good news is that quitting smoking can halve your chances of experiencing oral health problems. Quitting smoking cuts your chances of having poor oral health status by almost 50 percent, and it cuts your chances of experiencing three or more oral health problems by approximately 40 percent, according to the report.
If you smoke, or if you are a former smoker, it is especially important that you seek regular dental care. Dr. Alan Frame, Santa Clara dentist, can help. During your examination, Dr. Frame will look for oral health problems that can affect smokers, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. In addition, routine teeth cleanings can remove the stains and tar buildup that smoking can cause, helping to keep your smile whiter and healthier. If you are already experiencing oral health problems, Dr. Frame will work with you to help restore your oral health by treating the problem.
Call today to schedule your appointment for an examination and cleaning, or to have an oral health problem treated. Dr. Frame and his helpful, friendly staff enjoy meeting new patients as well as welcoming back existing patients.
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