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Your Gums Quickly Develop Problems if You Pick Up the Smoking Habit
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Janie Scholes
Thankfully, the number of people who begin smoking each year is slowly beginning to decline. However, it does still happen.
The goal is to try and keep smoking from becoming a habit for anyone, but until that is the case, we strive to make sure people understand the ramifications that come with picking up this habit. Your gums are among the first tissues that face harm when you start to smoke. They encounter the heated air straight out of the cigarette filter, which leaves them inflamed and damaged.
What Smoking Truly Does to Your Gums
You have to be very careful when it comes to habits that involve the health of your body. If you were to pick up the habit of smoking, your mouth and lungs would be the parts of you that would suffer first. Your teeth will begin to discolor very quickly after starting the habit, even with proper hygiene. Your lungs will fill with tar and carcinogens from the very first puff. However, the gums are often overlooked when it comes to the danger that smoking can cause.
Your gums face the heat of each puff, which leaves them constantly trying to heal from the burns. They also have to face the incredibly high risk of developing the more severe forms of gum disease because of the constant exposure of the smoke. One of the easiest ways to get into the more advanced forms of gum disease is by smoking.
Do you want to give your gums a better chance of staying healthy? Then never pick up the habit of smoking. If you already have, then work with us to quit. We can help keep your gums as healthy as possible during the process, so call us to see what we can do to help!