Posted on 29 October 2020

Smoking can have an impact on recovering from dental procedures, as well as causing oral health problems such as gum disease and oral cancer. Your dentist can advise you on quitting smoking in order to better protect your teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:
-   Smoking puts you at a higher risk of experiencing complications following dental work.
-   Your immune system may be suppressed by smoking, preventing you from healing as quickly from a dental procedure.
-   Infections and swelling are an increased risk when you smoke and therefore you could experience more pain.

"While everyone goes through a healing period following a procedure, smokers experience slower healing after a tooth extraction or another surgery to their oral cavity."
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