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Smoking is extremely bad for your health. Now, you might be wondering why Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our dental team would care if you smoked or not. Well, we care about you and your smile, and, unfortunately, smoking can harm both. To elaborate, we would like to tell you how smoking can affect your smile.

The first thing smoking can do is discolor your smile. Although this might not seem like a big deal, it is because it can lower your self-esteem, make socializing tough, and create a negative first impression. When tobacco and other cigarette chemicals stain the smile, it is very difficult to reverse. You’ll need one, maybe more, professional whitening treatments to restore its brightness. Even then, those treatments might not be successful.

Another thing smoking can to do to your smile is increase the plaque and tartar growth on your teeth. This is extremely dangerous because plaque and tartar promote and create gum disease, which are the two most dangerous dental issues. In fact, gum disease can affect your entire health because it is often linked to health conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Tooth decay and gum disease can also result in lost teeth.

The last thing we would like to mention is that smoking can increase your risk of having oral cancer. As you may already know, oral cancer can destroy your smile, alter your health, and even kill you.  

Do you have questions about smoking and your oral health in Barton City, Michigan? If so, contact our dental team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake today! All you need to do is dial 989-736-7000 and we will be happy to talk with you and give you the answers you seek. It’s beneficial to know how smoking can affect you, and we look forward to helping you!