Why does my dentist ask if I smoke?
Smoking can have a detrimental effect on your oral health as well as your general health. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for gum and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease involves inflammation and bleeding of the gums, bone loss around teeth, and sensitive teeth and gums. If left untreated, severe periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
People who smoke:
- Are at greater risk of developing gum and periodontal disease.
- Are at higher risk of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer has a higher mortality rate compared to many other cancers.
- Often report they are not happy with the appearance of their teeth (brown staining).
Dentists ask if you smoke as it helps them understand the cause behind some dental conditions. Dentists will also discuss with you the health and aesthetic concerns that smoking can have on your oral health and overall health. If you want to quit smoking, your dentist can discuss this with you and encourage you to discuss a plan with your general practitioner (GP) or contact an organisation like Quit Tasmania.
If you smoke and have concerns about your teeth or gums, we are happy to discuss this with you. So give us a call, or book online to receive professional care of your dental concerns. To speak with one of our friendly staff, please call Salamanca Dental on 6288 8070, contact us here or book online.