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Virtually everyone wants a beautiful smile they can share with confidence, but many people do things that put that dream in jeopardy. For instance, many people don’t practice proper oral care. Others choose to smoke. Granted, many people understand that smoking could yellow your teeth, but do you know about the other ways smoking can affect your gums?

You see, smoking kills the good bacteria in your mouth—which can lead to yellow teeth but also to chronic bad breath. Similarly, if the good bacteria in your mouth is killed, you may have to deal with inflammation and infection, which increases your chances of getting gingivitis and tooth decay. If these issues aren’t treated quickly, you could find yourself facing a number of more serious problems, including tooth loss and even heart issues.

Studies have shown that individuals who smoke are much more likely to develop cancer in their mouth, the throat, lungs, esophagus, and larynx (or the voice box). Sadly, these problems are also caused by cigars and chewing tobacco.

If you do smoke and have started to see any signs or symptoms of tooth damage, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Jayson C. Haws, as quickly as possible to assess your unique situation. Our team will help you answer any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment, just call Haws Family Dentistry at 435-734-9144. We are eager to hear from you.