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Can people who smoke have oral health problems?

People who smoke can especially have oral health problems. Smoking is bad for health and that includes your oral health. Smoking also puts you at an increased risk for several oral health problems, including:

  • stained teeth and tongue
  • dulled sense of taste and smell
  • slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
  • difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
  • gum disease
  • oral cancer
Smokers are at higher risk for periodontal disease, tooth decay, and many other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and osteoporosis. Research suggests that quitting smoking can decrease your risk for many health problems. Quitting smoking can help stop the harm done to the mouth, teeth, gums, and body.

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