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Are you a smoker? If so, you probably already know the dangers it can pose on your body. But do you know the dangers the habit can pose on your smile and oral health? Well, our doctor, Dr. Pedar Didriksen, is happy to tell you all about them. That way you understand all of the effects smoking has on your entire body.

Smoking is a major culprit when it comes to the development of oral disease and lesions. One dangerous oral disease it is associated with is gum disease. Gum disease is a serious dental issue that can destroy the gums and jawbone. If you’re not careful, it can result in loose and lost teeth and can aid in major health issues, like preterm labor, heart disease, and more. Another dangerous disease that is associated with smoking is oral cancer. Oral cancer is a destructive disease that attacks the mouth and entire body. If it’s not caught early enough, it can cause death.

Some smaller ways smoking can affect the mouth is by causing:

-Tooth discoloration
-Bad breath
-The inability to smell and taste
-Smoker’s palate
-Hairy tongue
-Oral thrush
-Tooth decay
-Smoker’s melanosis

It’s best to keep tobacco products away from your mouth so you can avoid these problems and have the top-notch oral and overall health you deserve. If you’re interested in quitting this habit, you can talk to our dental team about a cessation program.

Do you have questions about smoking in Ocean Pines, Maryland? If so, please contact Pedar B. Didriksen DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 410-208-2900 when you have the opportunity. Our dental team is here to help you, even if it’s by giving you the tips you need to quit the awful habit. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to helping you!