“Smoking can make your teeth and tongue turn yellow,” said Thomas Kilgore, DMD, oral health expert and dean of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School.
Smoking and tobacco can lead to the emergence of oral health complications such as a more serious gum disease and oral cancer. To find out more clearly how the smoking affecting oral health, the following is an explanation Thomas Kilgore:
Smoking and oral cancer
According to Thomas Kilgore, oral cancer is the most serious condition caused by smoking. “It’s hard to say how large the percentage of smokers cause mouth cancer. But they have a high mortality rate is between 40-50 percent of all cases, and these conditions have not changed for several decades,” he said.
American Cancer Society estimates, 90 percent of patients with cancer of the mouth (lips, tongue, throat, and mouth) is a tobacco user in some form. The risk of mouth cancer record six times higher for smokers than those who never smoked. While the risk of each person suffering from oral cancer usually depends on how long people use tobacco or cigarettes.
Smoking and periodontal disease
“Smoking does not cause tooth decay, but periodontal disease. Bone loss is a part of periodontal disease. This condition starts from inflammation of the gums and bone supporting the roots of the teeth become inflamed,” said Kilgore. Read the rest of this entry »