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What does smoking do to my oral health?

Smoking or chewing tobacco can have a profound effect on your oral health. Listen as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains why quitting smoking can be beneficial to your smile.


No one wants to kiss a smoker -- bad breath and yellow teeth are some of the less serious side effects. It is possible that smoking may lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Red swollen gums are a symptom of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also lead to tooth loss. Smoking lessens your senses of smell and taste so you will not enjoy food like you used to.

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