Smoking and Dental Care

Besides being at high risk for lung disease, smokers are at greater risk for

  • Bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Oral cancers
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth loss

Although the body tries to repair itself, smokers have a poor track record when it comes to reversing gum disease.

To slow or prevent these dental health problems

  • Brush your teeth after every meal
  • Thoroughly floss at least once a day
  • After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouth wash
  • Get your teeth cleaned every six months
  • Enlist the help of your dentist in monitoring your oral health
  • Get x-rays taken yearly, starting with a baseline picture and then as ongoing progress reports
  • Give up chewing tobacco entirely
  • Find a safe substitute for the need that cigarettes fill in your life
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