If you are looking for another reason to quit smoking, you might want to check out a recent study published in Science Direct. Now it seems that nicotine is not only linked to cancer (including oral cancer), cardiovascular disease, and other health issues, but studies are finding that it adds a risk factor for developing more cavities.
If you are a smoker, your habit might be directly affecting your teeth—as well as the teeth of other members of your family! And this includes your young children.
Talk to your dentist in southeast Arlington if you have questions about what smoking might be doing to the health of your teeth and gums. Then read on for more information from the study.
Smoking and Cavities
Smoking and other tobacco use have already been tied to periodontal disease. In fact, smokers are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease—which can lead to tooth loss—than those who don’t use any tobacco products.
The study cited above was one of one that has found a close correlation between smoking and developing cavities. In the United Kingdom, tobacco exposure was shown to have a direct connection with the increased incidence of root caries. Similar effects have been found to be the case in the United States. In Japan, smokers in the home put family members at risk, particularly children, making them more susceptible to cavities at a young age.
Call Today to Make an Appointment
Give your southeast Arlington dentist, Rush Creek Dentistry, a call if you are due for a dental appointment. If you are a smoker who would like more information on quitting, talk to your family physician or dentist. You can also visit SmokeFree.gov for some tips on how to kick the habit. The sooner you stop smoking, the better for you as well as your teeth.