Smoking can have tremendous affects on periodontal health. Oral lesions can quickly turn cancerous if not detected early. Oral cancer is a growing concern for many dental professionals and has become a priority for the American Academy of Periodontology. Unfortunately, many oral cancer screenings are not conducted. Smoking worsens tooth decay and periodontal disease. It is also known for causing stains and offensive breath in those who use tobacco. Smoking and other tobacco products keep the oral tissues in a constant inflammatory (swollen) state.
Treatment plans that involve periodontal surgery are exacerbated by the slow healing times found in smokers. Luckily, smoking and other tobacco cessation results in immediate oral health benefits. Rates for oral cancer are reduced, as is periodontal disease.