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Virtually everyone wants a beautiful smile they can share with confidence, but many people do things that put that dream in jeopardy. For instance, many people don’t practice proper oral care. Others choose to smoke. Granted, many people understand that smoking could yellow your teeth, but do you know about the other ways smoking can affect your gums?

You see, smoking kills the good bacteria in your mouth—which can lead to yellow teeth but also to chronic bad breath. Similarly, if the good bacteria in your mouth is killed, you may have to deal with inflammation and infection, which increases your chances of getting gingivitis and tooth decay. If these issues aren’t treated quickly, you could find yourself facing a number of more serious problems, including tooth loss and even heart issues.

In fact, scientists have found that those who smoke are much more prone to develop other health problems. These health problems include chronic cardiovascular difficulties, respirations issues, and cancer. Studies have shown that individuals who smoke are 30% more likely to have cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs, esophagus, and larynx, aka the voice box. Cigarettes are not the only offenders, cigars and chewing tobacco can cause these as well.

A smoker, compared to a nonsmoker, is more likely to develop other health problems. For example, smoking can lead to sleep apnea, cardiovascular problems, respiratory issues, or cancer. The types of cancer an individual who smokes is more likely to get include: cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs, esophagus, and the larynx, also known as the voice box. Sadly, these problems are also caused by cigars and chewing tobacco. Sadly, these health problems don’t just come from smoking cigarettes but can also come from cigars and chewing tobacco.

If you smoke and want to take achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice. Our dentist, Dr. Dr. Neil Charaipotra, and our team will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Just call Northern Virginia Dental Associates at 703.451.8332 to set up an appointment.