First and foremost it’s important to understand the detrimental affects that smoking can have on your overall health. Smoking is a bad habit that once started can be rather difficult to break. When it comes to how smoking can affect your dental health, it goes well beyond just bad breath and stained teeth. The health risks are rather great and should be cause for concern if you are someone who smokes and wants to be able to maintain the health of your mouth.
Secondhand smoke is another concern that smokers have, especially when it comes to their family and friends who happen to be around them. The smoke that is taken in second hand is much worse than what the smoker is taking in with each puff. Research is also showing a link between secondhand smoke and proper dental development in children. The study delved into the question “Does maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure of infants to tobacco smoke at age four months increase the risk of caries (tooth decay) in deciduous (milk/primary) teeth?” The study was conducted between 2004 and 2010 by Shiro Tanaka and five of his colleagues at the Kyoto University-Graduate School of Medicine and Public Health-Department of Pharmacoepidemiology. Peer reviewed and published in the October 2015 edition of the British Medical Journal, the “population-based retrospective cohort study” had 76,920 children from Kobe City examined. These children received city government health periodic check-ups at birth and from ages four, nine and 18 months. Findings from the study were:
•Exposure to secondhand smoke at four months of age which is experienced by half of all children of that age in Kobe is associated with an increased risk of caries in deciduous teeth.
•The risk of caries was also increased by 1.5-fold among those exposed to smoking in the household.”
With all of the new information that we have today related to how people can live their healthiest lives avoiding smoking is always the smartest personal choice. If you are a smoker and need help quitting make sure to consult with a medical practitioner. Your Ottawa dentist may also be able to refer you to someone who can help you quit and can also help rid your teeth the issues that smoking can cause.