Just because you’ve lost your natural teeth doesn’t mean you can just ignore and neglect your oral health. You still need to take care of your dental implants and dentures, as well as your gums and your breath. Without proper care, it’s possible that you reduce the lifespan of your dental implants or dentures. One of the habits that can affect your dentures and dental implants is chewing tobacco. Learn how it can affect your oral health and why you should quit.
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Tobacco Products Affect Your Oral Health

Regardless of which tobacco product you use, each and every one of them can affect your oral health. For starters, the nicotine in tobacco products gets absorbed by your oral tissues which then reduces their blood flow. With less blood flow, it reduces antibody delivery to any infected areas in your mouth. As a result, you’re more susceptible to gum disease because your body can’t fight off the infection itself.

Tobacco products also cause dry mouth. When your body doesn’t produce enough saliva, it doesn’t wash away as much bacteria from your mouth. This can cause it to build up and infect your gums.

Additionally, tobacco products also cause bad breath. Unless you clean your dentures and brush your gums and tongue immediately afterward, your breath won’t smell very fresh.

Using tobacco products also increases your risk of oral cancer. The survival rate is only 58% after five years which is significantly higher than other cancers. Oral cancer is more common in people who use tobacco products.

If you care at all about your oral health, you will stop using tobacco products.

It Affects Your Overall Health

You might already know about the health consequences of using chewing tobacco and other tobacco products, but we want to reiterate them for you. For starters, tobacco products can cause cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema. It can also increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, and heart attack.

If your tobacco use causes gum disease, this can also increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.

Using tobacco products also weakens your body’s immune system. This means if you encounter certain germs or get an infection, your body will struggle to fight it off.

Tobacco products also make it more difficult for your body to heal from surgery or injuries, especially in your mouth. Using tobacco products can prevent your dental implants from healing as fast as they should.

Overall, tobacco products are highly damaging to your overall health and have a huge impact on your quality of life.

Gum Disease Can Affect Your Dental Implants

Aside from all of the obvious health risks of gum disease, it can also affect your dental implants. As gum disease progresses, it will start to affect the bone around your implants. If you begin to lose bone, your implants might come loose and ultimately fail. When your implants fail, your only option is to treat your gum disease, get a bone graft, and get the procedure over again. That’s a lot of extra money and time to get your implants back. This is all a possible reality with regular tobacco use. It doesn’t matter if you chew your tobacco or smoke, it can all affect your dental implants.

How Chewing Tobacco Can Affect Your Dentures

What if you don’t have implant dentures and only have dentures? Chewing tobacco can also affect your dentures. To start, it can cause them to look stained. Your once white dentures will slowly change to yellowish color and eventually need to be replaced due to their color.

Your dentures will also smell. The only way to prevent them from smelling is to clean them with denture cleaner after each tobacco use. If you’re a regular user, this can be several times per day.

Unless you want to invest in new dentures in Columbia, SC regularly, we don’t advise using any tobacco products, especially chewing tobacco. They will reduce the lifespan of your dentures and potentially cause dental implants to fail.

If your tobacco usage leads to gum disease, it can cause your gums to become inflamed or swollen which can make your dentures fit uncomfortably. They will feel like they’re too small and even interfere with your ability to speak or eat properly.

Don’t let chewing tobacco or any tobacco product interfere with your dentures or dental implants. Quitting won’t just benefit your health, but it will save you from spending extra money on more dental work down the line.

If you’re in need of dentures or dental implants or need to treat gum disease, please do not hesitate to contact Smile Columbia Dentistry for all your needs. Dr. Adam Hahn is here to help you maintain a healthy and gorgeous smile. Contact our dental office at (803) 781-9090 today to get started.