SMOKING CAN'T CAUSE MY TEETH TO FALL OUT... CAN IT?
This is a question which I am sure a lot of people would wonder about.
To be completely honest, smoking can wreak havoc in your mouth. Smokers are much more likely to develop gum disease, and at Ollie and Darsh we are finding that some of our clients are requiring advanced Periodontal Therapy because of it.
Smoking can also affect the time of healing after surgical procedures such as extractions and it has also been shown to have an affect on the success of Implant treatment.
Recent studies have shown smoking as an independent risk factor of periodontal disease, which affects the bone and tissue surrounding your teeth and in the worse case scenario can result in loss of teeth.
Smokers tend to develop gum disease at earlier ages and have more severe cases of it than non-smokers. Research has found that cigarette smoking more than doubled the rate of tooth loss for individuals and has increased the chances of becoming completely toothless by 4 times.
Our advice would be to go and see your dentist as soon as possible if you feel your oral health is being affected by smoking. Correct maintenance and education can be offered to you, helping you practice an improved dental hygiene routine should help prevent your problems going further.