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Is quitting smoking one of your New Year’s resolutions?

Here are some reason why you should quit and how your dentist is important during the process. Smoking and smokeless tobacco affects your oral health in many ways including bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, canker sores, failure of dental implants, oral cancer, bone and tooth loss associated with gum disease (periodontal disease). The hard facts: ---Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in America. ---1 in 5 deaths is attributed to tobacco use. ---Those who smoke more than a half a pack of cigarettes a day are 6 times more likely to develop periodontal disease. ---1 in 4 of regular chewing tobacco users has gum recession, and is predisposed to loss bone around the teeth. ---Chewing tobacco also causes leukoplakia, white patches, and is the forerunner to oral cancer.