Cigarettes and Your Teeth
Posted by CITY FAMILY DENTAL on Jan 20 2022, 10:50 AM
You may have noticed some people have dark stains on their teeth and a disgusting smoky odor from their mouths. Do you think the teeth of those who smoke are healthy to fight against diseases?
By smoking, you reduce the ability of your mouth to fight against infections, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria produced by tobacco. When your mouth loses its ability to fight back, suppurative plaque and bacteria get formed.
Smoking also causes a wide range of oral health issues and can hurt your teeth in various ways. Have a look at the issues caused by smoking:
Stain Caused by Nicotine
As a result of smoking, enamel in your teeth can stain more easily. The teeth of people who smoke tend to quickly turn yellow after they start using nicotine products. With long-term use of these products, teeth turn darker or appear brown.
Using nicotine products does not just cause stained teeth; it can damage your gums as well.
The overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth of smokers results in an awful breath. No wonder smokers are constantly carrying gum, mints, and other products. Another reason for bad breath is gum disease, also caused by cigarettes or tobacco.
Gum diseases tend to accompany chain smokers. Gum disease is an inflammation that infects the gums and bones that hold the teeth in their roots. When you smoke, your mouth becomes too weak to combat bacteria, allowing them to build up on your teeth and eventually spread to your gums. Thus, smokers tend to lose more teeth than those who don't smoke.
Smokers also have reduced blood flow to their gums. If you smoke, it takes longer to heal after an injury to your mouth.
Smoking is a leading cause of oral cancer. Oral cancer includes tumors of the cheek, gum, tongue, lip, and the mouth’s floor and lining. Indications for oral cancer may include white, red, lumpy patches or sores in the mouth that do not go away easily.
Quitting smoking can enhance the health of your mouth, gums, and teeth without a doubt; and reduces your risk of oral cancers and other diseases. Quitting this habit would help with effective recovery and a quicker healing time.
If you are looking to better your oral health and need expert consultation, visit City Family Dental and Implant Centre located at 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, CA 95355. Book an appointment by calling us at (209) 554-1700.