How smoking cigarettes impacts the smile

Patients of the Portland, OR area often ask questions with their dental team at NW Heights Dental to learn about the ways in which they can keep their smile healthy and attractive. Stained and discolored teeth are a common complaint, and instead of turning towards tooth whitening services, we often educate patients who are smokers as to the ways in which their habit impacts the teeth and gums. Patient who smoke put their health at risk as well as their smile, and may not be aware as to the effect smoking cigarettes has on their oral health.

Problems that can occur with cigarette smoke:

  • Tooth discoloration. The number one complaint seen by our dental team at NW Heights Dental regarding cigarette smoking is that of stained teeth. Browning and yellowing of the teeth is typically seen in smokers and may be difficult to address with brushing alone. Patients who are serious about whitening their smile are encouraged to stop smoking and then work directly with their dentist to discuss teeth whitening services or the placement of porcelain veneers for permanent discoloration.
  • Periodontal disease. Conditions such as periodontal disease, or gum disease, may develop in patients who are not properly caring for their smiles. Additionally, this condition can progress faster in smokers than nonsmokers. Periodontal disease impacts the smile dramatically, causing the loss of soft tissues, bone, and even teeth.
  • Oxygen reduction. Smoking cigarettes can often reduce the levels of oxygen to the body, making it more difficult for patients to heal from certain procedures. Oxygen is required for the body to function at its best, so a higher level of oxygen is important for overall health.

How to stop smoking

There are many smoking cessation methods available, and our team can educate you on ways to stop smoking and improve your health and wellness—while also focusing on the health and beauty of the smile!

Discuss your habits with our dental team and learn about their impact

At NW Heights Dental, our team of professionals provide Portland, OR patients with education on how bad habits can affect their oral health and wellness. We invite patients in the community to call (503) 646-1463 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert.

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