Archive for December 2014

Do you smoke?

If not, you probably know someone who does.

And if you do smoke, you’re most likely aware of the health risks. Some common ones include lung cancer and heart disease.

But you may be surprised to learn smoking can also cause major problems for your oral health. Besides staining teeth and causing bad breath, smoking increases the chances of developing gum disease.

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is an infection that erodes the gum and bone tissue that hold your teeth in place. As it worsens, your gums slowly pull away from your teeth, creating pockets between them. The pockets will deepen as more supporting tissue around your teeth is destroyed. Eventually your teeth will hurt, becoming loose and may even fall out.