Smoking Effects Your Oral Health

Your oral health has a direct link to your overall health. Preserving your oral health may be a key factor to living a healthy life. Lawson, MO family dentists Dr. Larry Kanning and Dr. Nelson Kanning, always recommend a diligent oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing are the foundation of a healthy smile. Regular scheduled preventative care visits to our Lawson dentist office will also help keep your teeth clean. Frequent dentist visits allow for early diagnosis of any advanced oral health concerns. Another significant thing you can do to benefit your oral health- do not smoke.

Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in significant ways. Tar, tobacco and other toxins found in cigarettes are known carcinogens. Patients who smoke or use other tobacco products are at much greater risk for oral cancer. Oral cancer is potentially life threatening.

The use of tobacco products also increases your chances of developing periodontal disease. Gum disease is a serious oral health condition. Linked to systemic disease such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack and Alzheimer’s, periodontal disease may affect the health of your entire body. Avoiding tobacco products, and regular visits to the dentist can help to catch gum disease in its early stages. If caught as gingivitis, Drs. Kanning and Kanning may suggest periodontal therapy that can help control the symptoms and avoid further damage.

Frequent use of tobacco products may cause tooth discoloration. Nicotine stains the enamel of your teeth. Discolored teeth can prematurely age your appearance. Our Lawson dentist office offers several different cosmetic teeth whitening options. In your one on one consultation, Drs. Kanning or Kanning will help determine what cosmetic procedure will best treat your tooth discoloration. From teeth whitening trays to porcelain veneers, Kanning Family Dentist can help you regain your bright, white, smile.

It is now common knowledge that smoking is harmful to your oral and physical health. If you have recently quit smoking and want a smile makeover, contact our Lawson dentist office. Drs. Kanning and Kanning have years of experience in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Our Lawson dental care team can help you restore function, health and beauty to your smile.