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Virtually everyone wants a beautiful smile they can share with confidence, but many people do things that put that dream in jeopardy. For instance, many people don’t practice proper oral care. Others choose to smoke. Granted, many people understand that smoking could yellow your teeth, but do you know about the other ways smoking can affect your gums?

Gingivitis and tooth decay can be caused by smoking. In fact, smoking actually brings bad bacteria into your mouth while killing good bacteria that cleans smile. The loss of good bacteria leads to inflammation and infections in both your teeth and gums. If this isn’t rectified within a timely manner, these issues could turn into to serious dental problem.

Similarly, studies have shown that individuals who smoke are much more likely to develop cancer in their mouth, the throat, lungs, esophagus, and larynx (or the voice box). Sadly, these problems are also caused by cigars and chewing tobacco.

If you smoke and want to take achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice. Our dentist, Dr. Joseph Younger, and our team will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Just call Arden Dental Group at 828-684-9260 to set up an appointment.