If you are a smoker or have been one, all you worry about are the stains on your teeth.
Would you believe, if I said there are at least 15 different diseases you could have because of your smoking habits that could compromise your teeth, gums, and mouth?
The most highlighted ill effects of smoking are always lung and heart diseases. Let’s take a look at what smoking can do to your teeth, gums, and mouth collectively.
In addition to having bad breath and respiratory issues, when you smoke :
It reduces your mouth’s natural ability (immune system) to fight bacteria.
Speeds up plaque buildup, due to less salivary flow, resulting in yellowing of teeth.
Reduces blood circulation in your mouth. Prolongs diagnosis of gum disease.
Increases chances of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), or lung.
Nicotine reduces oxygen supply to the soft tissues in the mouth, affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth leading to gum diseases with loss of jawbones. Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth reduces the flow of saliva.
Increased risk of leukoplakia (white patches inside the mouth), which is a precursor of cancer.
There are around 4000 known chemicals in a cigarette and 43 of them are known to cause cancer. That sure is nothing to smile about.
Surprised? Don’t be… For all of you who smoke, I’m not going to launch into the “preacher” mode, but there’s no denying the fact that quitting is the best thing you could do, and it’s never too late.
Quitting smoking may have crossed your mind at least at some point in the past. Some have been successful enough to let go and some of you may be still struggling, but don’t give up.
If you’re considering quitting but aren’t ready yet, here are things you can do to keep the damage to a minimum:
Cleaning Appointments with your dentist:
Smoking increases your risk of gum diseases. The tissues that hold your teeth in place can be damaged by an infection caused by the bacteria found in plaque. Without proper dental treatment, your teeth could fall out. In smokers, the usual redness and bleeding – the telltale signs of gum diseases are amiss.
So you could have gum disease without knowing it.
A thorough dental cleaning (scaling) and root planning can reverse the effects of smoking on your gums. The roots of your teeth should also be scaled to reduce inflammation and plaque accumulation.
What you can do at home:
Tired of your partner complaining about your cigarette smelling breath?
You can be sure that the bacteria have found a cozy new home inside your mouth, thanks to your smoking habit.
Fight back by brushing twice a day.
Make sure you change your toothbrush every three months.
Floss every day and use an antibacterial mouthwash after you brush.
These seemingly small steps will keep your dental health in good condition in the long run.
Pamper your smile:
The discoloration and staining of your teeth can be reversed with whitening treatments.
You could opt for these:
Professional in-office whitening treatment at our dental practice in Goa :
Pola Whitening & Zoom Whitening
Home whitening kits: Use them for 15 minutes a day at your convenience.
If you have any other queries regarding teeth whitening please drop us a line here.