Can Smoking Increase Your Risk of Cavities?

If you smoke cigarettes, use e-cigarettes, or other tobacco products, they can affect your oral health. Not only can smoking have adverse effects on your oral health, but it can also cause damage to your teeth and gums. At our Philadelphia dentist office, we offer a full range of treatment for patients with cavities, including dental fillings. Dr. Pamela Doray will perform a full evaluation to determine the most appropriate solution for your needs.

Smokers and e-cigarette users have a higher chance of developing severe oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, and infection. Being aware of the symptoms that you may experience is essential to improving your oral health.

Some common symptoms of cavities may include:

  • A toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Visible holes or pits in the teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling in the gums

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Smoking and Dental Health Issues

Cigarettes and e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which prevents the body from producing saliva. Reduced saliva flow can lead to dry mouth, increased risk of tooth decay, and bad breath. Tobacco and nicotine use can also increase your risk of gum tissue damage, receding gums, and gum disease. Patients who smoke have a more difficult time healing after gum disease treatment. Using cigarettes and e-cigarettes restricts blood flow to the gums and mouth, which increases your risk of infection, decay, inflammation, and other oral diseases.

When To Visit The Dentist

Being aware of the risk associated with smoking and tobacco use is important. Undergoing routine dental visits and dental cleanings can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also crucial that you maintain a proper oral hygiene routine to help reduce your risk of serious oral health issues.

Visit Dr. Doray for routine dental care. She works with each patient to assess their needs and builds a treatment plan that is right for them. If you use tobacco products, disclose this information during your visit. The more our team knows, the more we are able to create a treatment plan tailored to your unique dental needs. To schedule an appointment, call (215) 395-6076 or request an appointment online.