According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 15% of the US population are smokers, about thirty-six million people. These individuals are at risk for serious dental issues attributed to smoking. Tobacco products limit your teeth ability to fight off infection. Thus the plaque and bacteria become more prevalent and cause problems such a losing teeth and irritated gums. Dental treatments are counteracted by the effects of smoking as the damage continues to mount.
Losing teeth is not their only problem. Smoking-related mouth cancer is on the rise. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 40,000 U.S. citizens are diagnosed with oral cancer resulting from smoking. Symptoms of oral cancer include a white or red patch in the mouth. The patient may have difficulty chewing or swallowing. Sometimes there is numbness in the jaw or ear pain. The National Institutes of Health recommends that anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should see their dentist for the appropriate referrals. Early detection is the key to a positive outcome.
If you are a smoker, before you face a serious diagnosis, this dentist can develop a treatment plan for your oral health including quitting all tobacco products. Click here to visit the dentist.
Grand Family Dentistry
5422 Jones Creek Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
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