3 Ways Tobacco Destroys Your Smile
Have you ever consciously decided that “Today, I am going to voluntarily choose to undermine my career, interfere with my close relationships, and destroy the health of my teeth and body?” Of course not. When it’s put like that, it sounds utterly ridiculous. But if you stop to consider the cumulative effects of tobacco usage, those are the undeniable, unavoidable results. Men and women who do business in the financial district of San Francisco lead very busy, often hectic lives and may have picked up the habit of tobacco usage to relieve stress. Why you use or used, tobacco is irrelevant, but how it has affected your smile is not. Even if you’ve quit for good, your smile has undoubtedly sustained some damage; the severity of your condition depends on how long and how much you smoked cigarettes or pipes, or chewed smokeless “spit,” tobacco.
Your Smile Resume
Dr. Skoulas is a specialist in aesthetic dentistry who sees the unfortunate results of tobacco usage all too often. Beyond the hazards to your dental health, there is also a real social stigma attached to tobacco usage. People who do business in San Francisco’s financial district are especially aware of how their smile looks because it is a direct reflection on all the other areas of their lives. In our progressive and socially conscious area of Northern California, a polished, attractive smile is a must.
For patients in the financial district of San Francisco who are current or former tobacco users, we’ve created a list of 3 ways that tobacco ruins your smile.
- Discoloration. The first and most visible damage that aesthetic dentistry patients in San Francisco’s financial district notice are the unattractive yellow stains caused by the nicotine and tar that is in tobacco. Aesthetic dentistry patients who have smoked heavily for years usually have severely discolored – almost brown – teeth.
- Gum Disease. Patients in the financial district of San Francisco are likely to develop gum disease, also known as periodontitis, as a result of their tobacco addiction. Smoking weakens your bodies immune system which makes it difficult to fight off gum infection. Smoking is the number one cause of severe gum disease in America today. Initially, patients will develop red; swollen gums, a condition called gingivitis that, if left unchecked, will evolve into the more severe condition of gum disease.
- Tooth Loss. The ultimate smile destroyer. If gum disease is left untreated for too long, aesthetic dentistry patients may, unfortunately, discover that the bone supporting the roots of their teeth has deteriorated so severely that their teeth have started to become loose, and may eventually fall out.
What Kind of Story Does Your Smile Tell About You?
Dr. Skoulas has extensive training in the field of aesthetic dentistry and has helped to restore many smiles that have suffered from the destructive effects of tobacco. If you are ready for your smile to tell the world a new story, we invite you to call us today at (415) 757-1001.