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By The Foundry Dental Center
October 06, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use. In 2012, it was reported that 42 million people in the U.S. were active smokers, and this addictive habit can do more than damage your lungs—it can cause tooth decay, jawbone recession, gum disease and oral cancer.

How Does Smoking Lead to Dental Problems?

Tobacco products can affect the relationship between gum tissue and teeth. Studies have shown that tobacco interferes with gum tissue cells and their normal function. If gum tissue cells can’t function properly, it’s difficult for blood flow to the gums. Ultimately, it’s hard for the body to fight off bacteria and infection in the mouth, resulting in gum disease and other problems. Plus, smoking increases plaque buildup on the teeth, and this can break down the enamel and start cavities.

Benefits of Quitting woman at the dentist

Besides the lowered risk of lung cancer, quitting smoking can be beneficial for other reasons:
  • Breathe easier
  • Feel healthier
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, gum disease, and oral cancer
  • Gets rid of bad breath
  • Helps keep tooth stains at bay
  • Reduces plaque buildup


What We Strive to Do

Life is full of bumps and sharp turns, and sometimes we all could use a helping hand. At Foundry Dental Center, we help provide restorative dental services to the Bessemer community. It’s also our mission to restore the smiles of patients in addiction recovery programs.
If you want to know more about general or implant dentistry, please call the Foundry Dental Center at (205) 434-2031.