3 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Smoking may look cool if you are dressed up as a character from a western movie, but otherwise, it just puts you at risk of developing a velocity of potentially fatal diseases. Whether your vape or prefer traditional cigarettes, they both have similar consequences. Just in case you need another reason to quit, we have created a list of a few more.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused when there are too much plaque and bacteria along the gumline. Depending on how much there is, you may develop a mild form of gum disease that can be taken care of with a thorough cleaning or you may get gum disease that may require that we remove some of your teeth.

When you use nicotine products, it exposes our mouth to a variety of things that cause gum disease including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Bacteria
  • Not enough saliva to keep your teeth clean

Cavities

In addition to giving you gum disease, nicotine also puts you at four times more of a risk of getting a cavity at the base of the tooth. Similar to gum disease, when too much plaque, tartar, and bacteria sits at the base of the tooth, it can seep underneath the tooth or into the side of the teeth and cause small holes. When these hoes get deep, you may need a root canal. If they stay on the top, we can usually treat the issue with a filling.

Decayed Teeth

Not all people who smoke have bad teeth, but you are certainly putting your mouth at risk of tooth decay. Nicotine increases your mouth’s production of a film like substance along the gums called biofilm which, if left on your teeth for too long, can result in tooth decay.

If you need help quitting or if you want to have your teeth looked at, schedule an appointment with us at our Catonsville office and call 410.744.6088.

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