We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it’s also bad for your teeth, gums and dental hygiene?
Renowned for contributing to a whole host of medical conditions, smoking can have a huge impact on your health. And, when it comes to looking after your pearly whites, smoking can also affect the health of your mouth, gums and teeth. So, if you can, it’s definitely a habit that you should try and give up!
But that’s not all, smoking can also cause tooth staining, gum disease and, in some cases, even tooth loss and some forms of mouth cancer. Is it really worth it?
One of the main effects of smoking is discolouration and staining of the teeth caused by the nicotine and tar found in the tobacco. This can cause your teeth to stain in a short space of time and, for heavy smokers, it’s even worse as your teeth can turn brown over a prolonged period of time.
We’ve created a helpful guide that should help you to understanding the effect smoking can have on your teeth.
How will smoking affect my gums, teeth, and oral health?
It’s a well known fact that people who smoke are more likely to develop gum disease. This is because they produce more bacterial plaque, which is one of the leading causes of the condition.
Smoking effects your gums by causing a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, meaning any infected gums are less likely to heal. And if there was ever a reason to stop smoking, this is it – gum disease is still considered to be one of the most common contributing facts of tooth loss in adulthood!
How is smoking linked to cancer?
Most people are now aware of the link smoking has to a whole host fatal diseases, including both lung and throat cancer. But did you know that it’s also the number one cause of mouth cancer too?
Every year, thousands of people die from mouth cancer, triggered by smoking.
Can I use any special dental hygiene products to help with the problem?
People who smoke are more likely to suffer from bad breath than non-smokers. If this is a problem for you, the good news is that there are a number of ways that you can disguise it including using fresh breath products.
However, it’s worth remembering that most products will only provide short-term solutions, rather than an effective cure. If the problem persists, you could always try using a smokers’ toothpaste, however you must be aware that these tend to be abrasive and can cause a whole host of lasting problems, such as sensitivity.
How often should I visit my dentist and what can my dentist do for me?
In order to maintain a good standard of dental hygiene and a happy, healthy smile, you should ensure that you visit your dentist and dental hygiene team regularly.
After all, regular check ups and full mouth examinations will allow your dentist to spot any problems early. Above all, if you’re a smoker, it’s even more important that you get into the habit of attending your dentist every 6 mouths so that they can examine your cheeks, tongue and throat too.