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What kind of dental problems can you get if you smoke?

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Smoking can lead to these dental problems:

  • Bad breath
  • Discolored teeth
  • Inflammation where the salivary glands open on the roof of the mouth
  • More plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • More bone loss in the jaw
  • Higher risk of leukoplakia (white patches in the mouth) and gum disease (a leading cause of tooth loss)
  • Delayed healing after getting teeth taken out, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
  • Lower dental implant success
  • Higher risk of oral cancer

From: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

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