If you have a smoking habit, chances are you’ve heard about the many negative impacts the habit can have on your health. While smoking’s impact on your teeth isn’t discussed as much, it can also have major repercussions on your oral health. Today, we want to talk about the effects of smoking on both the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile, as well as share some strategies for mitigating the effects of smoking.
Bad breath, or halitosis, is a very common side effect of smoking. Smoke and the chemicals in cigarettes interact with the bacteria in your mouth to produce breath that is less than fresh. You can manage the impact of smoking by practicing good oral hygiene, but the only truly effective cure is to quit smoking.
Smoking is notorious for staining teeth. After a short time smoking, teeth take on a yellowish tint. Over the years, a heavy smoker’s teeth can turn a dark brown. Professional teeth whitening services can whiten your smile and lessen the effects of nicotine and tar on your teeth — but the results will only last if you quit smoking.
Not only does smoking impact the appearance of your smile, it can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream while making you more likely to develop plaque. These factors reduce your mouth’s natural ability to fight infection and can lead to an increased risk for gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition: it is the number one cause for tooth loss in adults.
Smoking can also lead you to develop mouth cancer. Whether you’re a habitual smoker or are trying to quit, our team at Dental Solutions of Avon/Indy can screen you for oral cancer and direct you to resources that can help you avoid further smoking. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!