How Bad Is Smoking for Your Oral and Overall Health

When there is a holiday season, we think about the gifts we can give to our loved ones. But have you ever realized that the biggest gift you can give to your family and children is you. If you are healthy and set to live a long life, you can provide your family with every kind of happiness they need.

Hence, it is very important for you to take care of your health and stay away from the factors which can be bad for your health. One such factor to talk about is the habit of smoking. When you smoke, you essentially give your lungs the very poison which can trigger cancer. But what you inhale essentially passes through your oral cavity. This is where a complex system lies. Smoking can put your oral health and dental health at great risk.

First we are going to talk about the overall health issues which can arise due to smoking. Smoking can result in contraction of blood vessels. The path for blood narrows down, increasing the chances of heart attack. When you smoke consistently, your heart rate increases because your heart has to push the blood. The risk of heart attack is still there even if you consume as few as 5 cigarettes per day.

When it comes to lungs, you need to know that smokers are 10 times more likely to die due to lung diseases than the individuals who do not smoke. In general, smoking can leave you with the inability to breathe properly. In other words, you may not be able to exercise or carry out physical activity.

As mentioned above, smoking can result in lungs cancer. But it’s not just the lungs cancer you should be concerned about. Smoking can also result in the cancers to stomach and kidneys. And then there is another cancer which can develop due to smoking. It’s the oral cancer. Oral cavity is attached directly to neck and head. It means that oral cancer can result in the cancers to head and neck areas. Google news is that oral cancer screening is available at every qualified dental office. You can cancer screening run on you every time you visit the dentist.

Apart from oral cancer, there are other dental health problems which can occur if you are a dentist. These problems include stains on teeth, periodontal infections, tooth loss and jawbone loss, and painful dry sockets after getting the tooth removed.

Here, you may think that you might not be able to recover from bad effects of smoking after quitting. This is wrong. You can recover to the fullest in much shorter time than you may actually imagine. For instance, you will observe your heart rate coming towards normal one day after quitting smoking. After 30 days, you will be able to breathe properly. Moreover, you will be able to smell and breathe just like non-smokers. After 6 months of quitting smoking, you will get your immune system’s function restored to the fullest. After 1 year, you will find yourself quite far away from cardiovascular disorders. After 5 years, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you have ever smoked in your life.


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