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Posted 07/29/2020 in Category 1 by Amelia Grant

How Bad Is Smoking for Your Teeth?

How Bad Is Smoking for Your Teeth?

We all know smoking is bad for your health and your teeth. Of course, it’s better to quit smoking. But quitting is hard and you may not be ready. So in the meantime, if you’re a smoker, you can start by taking better care of your teeth.

How smoking affects your dental health

Smoking causes many negative changes in the body, including problems with teeth and oral health. Nicotine and thousands of tarry substances first enter the mouth and then are distributed throughout the body. 

Your dependence on smoking is sometimes so strong that you may not be able to get rid of it. Smoking causes overall fatigue and destroys the body itself. The skin ages faster, it turns gray, but the teeth get the worst of it. Tobacco smoke on your teeth and gums damages tooth enamel and causes many diseases. The most common dental problems caused by smoking include:

  • yellowing of the teeth;

  • periodontal inflammation;

  • teeth crumbling;

  • stone formation;

  • bleeding gums;

  • caries;

  • periodontitis;

  • cancer of the mouth, tongue and lips.

Tobacco smoke irritates the tissues in your mouth, which causes inflammatory diseases that attract bacteria. That can lead to gum damage and tooth decay. Plaque that appears on the teeth, over time completely replaces the destroyed enamel, which causes the development of gingivitis.

Malicious substances accumulate and subsequently cause harm not only to the teeth, but to the whole body. Cigarette smoke dries out the oral cavity, reduces the number of salivary glands, taste buds change, and this is not the whole list of diseases that heavy smokers suffer from.

Yellow tooth enamel in smokers

Everyone wants to have a beautiful and healthy smile. Unfortunately, regular smokers can’t boast of the whiteness of their teeth. After just a few months of constant consumption of tobacco products, your complexion may turn gray and tooth enamel may become covered with a persistent yellowish plaque, which cannot be easily removed. 

This shade of your teeth is due to the formation of gummy substances during smoking. With a considerable period of smoking, irreversible changes occur in the oral cavity. The tooth enamel acquires a brownish tint. Only professionals can help get rid of the accumulated plaque. The dental specialist removes the existing tartar and cleans the plaque from the tooth enamel. After the procedure, the teeth will acquire a natural shine and natural whiteness.

How should smokers take care of their teeth?

Systematic brushing of teeth and gums is a must. At least, twice a day. Use toothpaste with a high mineral content in order to stop the demineralization of teeth. Mainly for this reason, teeth discolor and crumble. 

When dental hygiene is inappropriate, smoking-related symptoms can be seen even more. A characteristic feature of smokers is bad breath. However, this can be corrected with special fluids. Mouthwash should be an additional and obligatory hygiene item after each meal.

Why use a mouthwash?

Due to herbal ingredients such as peppermint or eucalyptus, mouthwash will provide extra care and eliminate any minor inconvenience caused by smoking. Liquid with essential oils (menthol, thymol, eucalyptus) has an antibacterial effect. At the same time it maintains the balance of the bacterial flora in the oral cavity. 

Mouthwash after smoking a cigarette will restore fresh breath. The best way to restore oral health is, of course, to quit smoking. But if this is not possible, you should consider the negative consequences and provide thorough oral care. Good hygiene and mouthwash will definitely help.

If it is impossible to give up smoking

Not everyone has the desire to quit smoking. Our health condition depends mainly on the number of cigarettes smoked, so even tooth restriction will slow down the processes in the body. 

Tobacco poison is undoubtedly the biggest enemy of our teeth. Dental and gum hygiene should be maintained after every cigarette you smoke. Unfortunately, we do not always have this opportunity. Smokers should also have regular dental check-ups that reveal a rapidly growing dental problem.

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