Posted on 5/30/2016 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
|We all know that smoking is bad for our health, and you may even have some idea that smoking can be bad for your teeth. For the most part, you may associate yellow, stained teeth with smoking, but there are other ways that smoking could affect your oral health.
By better understanding how smoking can impact your teeth and gums, you can use this information to propel your efforts to quit.
Smokers are at a greater risk for gum infections than nonsmokers. Gum disease can result in tooth decay, abscesses, and tooth loss.
A majority of smokers are living with dry mouth, as smoking causes inflammation in the salivary glands that can make it harder to produce saliva. A dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, but it can also promote enamel erosion and tooth decay.
One of the biggest risks of smoking on your oral health will be oral cancer. If you've smoked for several years, it is important that you are visiting the dentist regularly to look for signs of cancerous changes.
Chronic Bad Breath
When you smoke, your breath will smell bad right after you finish your cigarette, but you will likely suffer from chronic bad breath, as well. This can be due to dry mouth, decay, and gum disease.
Smoking has the potential to cause the jawbone to recede, and it also leads to decay and severe gum damage. All of these conditions can contribute to tooth loss.
As previously noted, smoking can lead to staining of the teeth. This is the result of tar and nicotine that are found in cigarettes, and the end result is yellow or brown stains.
It can be extremely difficult to kick the habit of smoking, but if you want to get a healthier and brighter smile, contact our office about options that might be able to help you quit.