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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?

Smoking can, and sadly will, affect the bacteria in your mouth. It produces bad bacteria and kills off the good. This is what leads to tooth discoloration and bad breath. Smoking also leads to inflammation and infection, which increases your chances of getting gingivitis and tooth decay. This issue can be treated, but if they aren’t, they can lead to even more serious damage.

Studies have shown that individuals who smoke are much more likely to develop cancer in their mouth, the throat, lungs, esophagus, and larynx. 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. Frank Celenza, and our team will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Just call Celenza, Frank DDS, PC at 212-327-2623 to set up an appointment.