Can Secondhand Smoke Affect Your Oral Health?

You may know that smoking can be detrimental for your teeth, causing stains, bad breath, and a host of other problems, but did you realize that simply being around a smoker can also be damaging to your oral health? Secondhand smoke can seriously affect your teeth and gums, so by better understanding this public health concern, you can take steps to protect yourself.

What Oral Health Concerns Can Result from Secondhand Smoke?

Inhaling cigarette and cigar fumes, even if you aren't the one that is actually smoking, can put you at risk for a variety of oral health problems:


What Are the Other Risks?

While the effects on your mouth are scary, enough on their own, secondhand smoke can also affect your health in other ways:


How Can You Lower Your Risk?

Unfortunately, the only good way to reduce your risk of dental damage as a result of secondhand smoke is to stay away from smoking and related fumes whenever possible. Encourage your loved ones to quit smoking, as this could preserve both your health and the health of the rest of your family. If you do live with smokers, ask them to smoke outside and use air cleaners to keep the air around you fresh and free of toxins.

You should also remember that a good oral health regimen is needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Besides consistent brushing and flossing, you should see your dentist regularly for cleanings. In addition to screening the mouth for gum disease and cavities, your dentist can also let you know if he or she detects signs that secondhand smoke is affecting the health of your mouth.

If you are concerned about the health of your teeth - or if you simply haven't been to the dentist in a while - contact our office to set up an appointment.

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