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If you’re a smoker, Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our dental team warn you that your smile, oral health, and overall health can be in danger. Smoking is a habit that can attack your body and do its worst.

Smoking can affect you by taking the whiteness from your teeth. In fact, it causes severe discoloration and even turns your teeth a yellow or brown shade. This can lower your self-confidence, make socializing and even smiling embarrassing, and it can create a negative first impression with a stranger. Now, if you’re thinking that you can just use a whitening treatment to reverse this problem, think again. When you have severe tooth discoloration like this, you’ll need a professional teeth whitening treatment that has full strength. You might even need more than one! And even then, the treatment may not give you the white smile you want.

Smoking can also affect you by increasing the growth of plaque and tartar on your teeth. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. Plaque and tartar are dangerous substances that threaten your smile and promote major dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. These issues can result in lost teeth and can even increase your chances of having heart disease, stroke, or diabetes.

Smoking can also affect you by increasing your risk of falling victim to oral cancer. This disease often attacks the oral tissues, the lips, and even the throat. It can alter your entire health and even kill you.

For more information on how smoking can affect your oral health in Manchester, Michigan, please reach out to Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Manchester and talk to our dental team. We also encourage you to call us if you have any questions. We would be happy to help you in any way we can—all you need to do is dial 734-428-8000!