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Mission Viejo Dentists recommends to stop smoking for better teeth and gums. Smoking is considered to be very unhealthy and it comess with a wide variety of side effects. Smoking is clearly associated with lung cancer as well as a wide range of other respiratory problems, not to mention, smokers also experienced a higher level of problems in your mouth with their teeth and gums.


According to the findings in a study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, smokers were more likely to have unfavorable results for dental surgery over non-smokers. The study followed the dental records of two groups of people, smokers and non-smokers, and studied the overall success of various dental procedures done to them. While smoking has always been known to have the ability to damage the gums, it was unexpected when the researchers realized that the surgical procedures done to the smoking group were in overall worse condition as opposed to the other group. This was particularly true when it came to procedures that involved the gums, which were found to be in more rapid recession after surgery if patients were smokers.

It has been known for many years that healing after a surgical procedure is impaired by smoking, but what was unknown prior to this study was that smoking also had one more detrimental effect. Long-term smoking was capable of undoing any surgical repairs done to the gums, rendering anything done during the procedure unable to stay intact for a long-term period.

The more a person smokes, the more damage is incurred and the shorter the period that the repairs will remain. The researchers found, based on analysis of their data, that the best results were achieved if smoking was stopped for a period before and after the surgery. This was speculated to be the time needed by the gums to fully recover from any damage done by exposure to the components of tobacco.

The Journal also found that it is not just cigarette smokers that have this problem. Cigar, pipe and medical marijana smokers are also likely to experience rapid decay of gum repairs because of their habit. While the damage done has been confirmed, there is still no concrete data on whether or not cigarette smokers had it worse off than cigar, pipe and medical marijana . For the time being, some believe it would be safe to warn smokers of the potential dangers as if all three posed the same risks.

Second-hand smoke was also found to have a damaging effect on surgical procedures. Studies are still being made to determine the extend of damage wrought by second-hand smoke on dental works. Tests conducted on rats showed that second-hand smoke was capable of undoing any repairs done via surgery to the gums, but it is still unknown just how much exposure was needed to do damage, or if the damage was lesser or greater than for actual smokers.

If you are a smoker, Mission Viejo Dentist James Vartanian at the Vartanian Dental Group, recommends that you stop smoking for better oral health. Dr Vartanian also recommends to stop smoking before and after and oral surgery for faster healing and longevity of the proceedure.