The Effects Smoking Has On Your Teeth

By Ugly Duck Team - October 8th, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Effects Smoking Has On Your Teeth

Mostly everyone knows just how harmful smoking can be for your overall health. However, did you know how much major damage it can cause for your dental hygiene? A lot! Thankfully, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there are many ways for people to quit smoking and save their dental hygiene and lungs from profound damage.

Why Should You Be Concerned?

So, why do you need to be concerned with the oral effects of smoking? Let’s start with the area most people pay attention to first – cosmetics! A healthy, beautiful smile is important for most people; it is often the first things people see when they meet you and plays an integral part in first impressions.

Discoloration and Bad Breath

No one wants teeth that are discolored or a mouth that emits bad breath. Routine brushing and seeing your dentist at least every 6 months is not the entire solution. When you see your dentist and try to be proactive about your oral health, you’ll most likely get asked whether you smoke or not. This conversation alone and being transparent with your dentist can lead to a path to quitting smoking.

Effects on Teeth and Oral Cavity

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The American Dental Association (ADA)  reports that smoking and using tobacco products cause stained teeth, bad breath and lower one’s sense of taste. When someone smokes longterm, it can weaken your immune system, sometimes causing a reduced ability to recoup from a surgery. Therefore, smoking is also linked to causing periodontal disease and gum disease. Furthermore, using tobacco can increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

What Can You Do Right Now

  1. Set a date to quit so you have a visual reminder that says you need to quit. Tell your closest friend, family member, and dentist about your date so they can keep you accountable too.
  2. Understand that quitting is hard. You may quit and restart again. If you do, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Always seek the help of professional when overcoming relapses.

Remember: It’s Never Too Late To Quit

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