🌟You know what,people who smoke are at a higher risk of developing mouth cancer (oral), gum problems, losing teeth, decay on the roots of teeth, and complications after tooth removal and gum and oral surgery.
Today,Florencia, which is accessible through the internet, represents a milestone in tobacco control efforts in the Americas. Florencia uses artificial intelligence to dispel myths around smoking and helps individuals develop personalized plans to quit tobacco.
(“Florencia,” is a Spanish-language artificial intelligence tool to quit smoking).
🌟How the use of tobacco products can negatively affect your oral health?
Smokers are three to six times more likely to develop gum disease or periodontal disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out. Even smokeless tobacco products can irritate gum tissue, causing gums to loosen around teeth, making it easier for bacteria to settle in and develop decay.
Untreated tooth decay is higher in people who smoke cigarettes. Over 40% of adults aged 20 to 64 who currently smoke cigarettes have untreated tooth decay. Adults aged 65 or older who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay as those who never smoked.
🌟How does smoking affect teeth, gums and oral health?
.The most common oral problems affecting people who smoke are:
.Gum (or periodontal) disease.
.Whitening of the soft tissue in the mouth (called smoker’s keratosis).
.Poor healing after tooth removal (known as dry socket).
.Poor healing after mouth and gum surgery.
.Bad taste in the mouth and bad breath (called halitosis).
🌟Preventing teeth and gum problems in smokers
.If you are a smoker, there are some things you can do to prevent tooth and gum problems, including:
.Try to quit smoking – speak to your doctor, dentist or call Quitline for guidance and support.
.If you’re finding it difficult to quit smoking, try and reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke to start off with.
.Clean your teeth and gums twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
.Use dental floss (for small gaps) or interdental brushes (for big gaps) once a day to clean between your teeth.
.Visit your dentist every 6 to 12 months. They can provide advice about the proper care of your teeth and gums at home and find problems early.
.Regular visits can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
.Avoid having a dry mouth. Drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow. This is especially important if you take medications that cause dry mouth.
.Limit alcohol and avoid recreational drugs.