Studies show that tobacco use can cause serious health problems, including heart and lung disease, low-birth-weight infants and a variety of cancers. In providing Burke VA with superior dental care, Dr. McMillan also sees firsthand the unfortunate, damaging effects that smoking can have on the health of his patients’ mouths.
Tobacco products contain numerous substances that can harm your body’s tissues and cells, limiting its ability to defend itself against disease. This includes your oral health.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 41.3 percent of daily smokers over age 65 are toothless.
This high occurrence of tooth loss in tobacco users is due to an increased likelihood of developing periodontal disease. This oral disease adversely affects the gums, the jawbone and the teeth, resulting in infection and tooth loss. Of course, there are also other oral health issues associated with smoking such as bad breath, yellowed teeth, decreased senses of taste and smell and mouth sores.
The best choice you can make for yourself is to quit tobacco use. For patients who continue to smoke, it is vital to diligently brush and floss, and to regularly visit dental professionals such as McMillan & Associates for professional cleanings and thorough examinations. This gives you the best opportunity of catching oral health issues such as cavities, gum disease and oral cancer in the earlier, more treatable stages.
For those who conquer the tobacco habit, Dr. McMillan also provides modern, cosmetic dentistry solutions that are highly effective in reversing the damaging toll that the years of smoking have taken on your mouth. Contact your Burke VA dental professionals at McMillan & Associates today, and take the first all-important step to kicking the tobacco habit.