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If you’re a smoker, your entire body is in danger. You probably already know that smoking increases your chances of having lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. But did you know that smoking can also severely affect and damage your mouth? Well, it’s true and our dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins, is happy to give you the details so you can better understand.

Smoking is a major culprit when it comes to the development of oral diseases and lesions. One dangerous oral disease it can develop is gum disease. Gum disease is a serious dental issue that can destroy the gums and jawbone. If you’re not careful, it can result in loose and lost teeth and can have a relationship with major health issues, like stroke, heart disease, and more. Another dangerous disease that is associated with smoking is oral cancer. Oral cancer attacks the mouth and entire body. If it’s not caught early enough, it can kill you.

Some not-so-serious but also worrisome oral problems smoking causes include tooth stains, bad breath, the inability to smell and taste, cavities, hairy tongue, oral thrush, and more. It’s best to keep cigarettes and other tobacco products at bay so you can keep healthy and strong teeth, gums, smile, and entire body.

Call Faith Cousins DDS at 301-589-2714 today if you have any questions. Our dental team will be happy to teach you more about how smoking can affect your oral health in Silver Spring, Maryland. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!