Most of us are only too familiar with the damage cigarettes can do to our health; contributing to lung cancer, not to mention a whole range of other diseases. However, a lot of the medical advice to stop smoking is focused on the effect on the major organs, and not on the teeth and mouth.
The fact of the matter is that smoking can have a terrible impact on your teeth. When you think about it, it’s hardly surprising. After all, before that smoke can reach the lungs, it has to travel via the mouth first!
Here’s some more useful information.
The Damage That Smoking Can Cause Your Teeth and Mouth
1) Staining. One of the most obvious signs of damage from smoking is discoloration. Cigarettes are the number one cause of tooth staining, and leave your beautiful white teeth looking distinctly yellow, which is not an attractive look. If you’ve already got stained teeth, consider teeth whitening treatments.
2) Smelly breath. If yellow teeth wasn’t bad enough, smoking can also leave you with another undesirable side-effect; halitosis! Also known as bad breath, this can cause a lot of embarrassment in social situations.
3) Periodontal disease. Three quarters of all people who have periodontal disease are smokers. This unpleasant condition causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, not to mention bacteria growth on the surface of the teeth themselves. The result? Sensitive, painful teeth and gums.
Of course, the main risk of smoking when it comes to your mouth is oral cancer, which can cause your lips to crack and bleed, your mouth to break out in sores, and can even affect your ability to swallow.
If you’re worried about your dental health at all, or simply want to reverse the effects of smoking on your teeth, simply get in touch with the Obrochta Center for Dental Health team today. You can call us at 727 321 4464.
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