Smoking And Oral Health

Smoking affects general and oral health. Oral cancer, laryngeal cancer, and throat cancer are more common in smokers. Smoking also causes gum problems, tooth loss, and tooth decay and increases the risk of complications after dental surgical procedures. Further, smoking can also damage the taste buds, resulting in altered or reduced taste sensations.

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I have a decayed tooth since the past three years which needs to be extracted now. What can I do to save my tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am very worried regarding my recent appointment. I have been very neglectful over the last three years and am yet to go to the dentist. I have been informed I have very bad decay and will require fillings and potential tooth extraction. I have been advised to stop the sugar intake and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your question. First, if you are asking about smoking, I might tell you it is not a good habit. The second thing is that your oral health condition of cavities is not because of smoking but because you neglect to brush and...  Read Full »

I have pimples on the side of my tongue that bothers me with pain. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pimples on the side of my tongue spreading to the backside. They hurt at times. I am worried if it could be oral or tongue cancer. I was told there was no reason to be worried by a doctor. I am here to get a second opinion of what it is and how I can treat it since the pimples on t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry for the problems you have. I saw the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and the small swellings on the left side of the base of the tongue. But you did not mention how long you have had the pimples. The first thing to ass...  Read Full »

I can see new tissue forming at the extraction site, and the blood clot dislodged after extraction. Is it a sign of a dry socket?

Query: Hello doctor, My wisdom tooth and two other teeth were extracted a few days ago. The clot has got dislodged. No incision was required during the procedure, and I do not even need pain relievers. However, I can see new tissue forming and wanted to know if I have a dry socket. I followed all the post-...  Read Full »

Dr. Amir Shafi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Getting three teeth removed at a young age is not good. A dentist will never advise you to smoke, but if everything is alright, you can smoke one or two times per day for at least a week if you do not want any further complications. The pain from a dry socket usually...  Read Full »

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