Over fifty years ago, the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee published a landmark report on the effects of smoking. While everyone today is aware of the dangers of smoking, at the time the information was groundbreaking because it was the first official report that showed a direct connection between smoking and lung cancer.
Smoking and Its Effect on Oral Health
Recently, this report was updated to include additional complications related to smoking, like oral cancer, gum disease, and dental decay. But other oral health problems were also linked to smoking.
- Smoking and other tobacco products affect the attachment of soft tissue and bone to your teeth and impact the normal function of gum tissue cells. This makes smokers more likely to develop infections like gum disease.
- Smoking endangers the health of others through the exposure to second-hand smoke, and evidence shows that there’s a relationship between a child’s exposure to cigarette smoke and the formation of cavities.
- There is an increased risk that dental implants will fail when the patient is a smoker. The report states that discontinuing tobacco use is essential for patients considering a dental implant.
- The report also established a connection between socioeconomic conditions, smoking, and an increased risk for cavities. Numerous health and lifestyle choices put people at higher risk for poor oral health.
The purpose of the report is to get the attention of the public and remind them of the numerous ways smoking can affect your health. They especially hope to warn pregnant women and parents of young children of these risks, as they are most susceptible to being negatively affected by smoking.
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If you are a smoker, hopefully, this information will motivate you to take serious steps to quit. If you can’t stop, it’s crucial for your oral health to maintain a routine of regular dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Chad Hines, your top dentist in the 85022 area. Please call us to arrange your next appointment.