It is no surprise that smoking is bad for your health (and the health of those around you). Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in many ways. Here are some ways that smoking affects your teeth:
> Staining: Over time, tobacco can seep into the pores of your tooth enamel and darken the colour of your teeth. Regular dental cleanings and professional whitening can help with the discolouration, but it is possible that neither approach will completely remove the deep stains.
> Oral Cancer: Approximately 90% of those with oral cancer have used tobacco. If you are a tobacco consumer, regular dental appointments can play a vital role in early oral cancer detection. Our dental team does routine oral cancer screenings at every dental cleaning appointment.
> Gum Disease: Smoking damages the mouth and gums, increasing your likelihood of experiencing gum disease. If you smoke, proper brushing and flossing is vital to help maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
> Sensitive Teeth: There is more bacteria in your mouth when you smoke, causing plaque to develop more easily. This can lead to inflamed gums and sensitive teeth.
> Bad Breath: Mouth washes and oral sprays cannot fully remove the lingering odour of smoking.
> Lower Immunity: Smoking lowers your body’s ability to fight infection. If you get gingivitis or gum disease, it will be harder for your body to recover. Also, if you require oral surgery, it will take longer for your mouth to heal. Smoking after surgery may even cause infection.
Your body can recover from the negative affects of smoking. When you quit smoking, your chances of oral health problems greatly decrease. Recent studies found that after eleven years, a former smokers’ likelihood of experiencing gum disease is similar to those who have never smoked.
Even cutting down the amount of smoking can significantly improve your oral health. Another study found that when people reduced their smoking habit by half, they also halved their likelihood of experiencing gum disease.
We understand that quitting smoking can be difficult. If you are an occasional, frequent, or former smoker, we can help improve your oral health. Regular visits to the dentist as well as daily brushing and flossing can give you a healthier, more beautiful smile.
If you have any questions about your oral health and the affects of smoking on your teeth, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.