Smokers are more exposed to gum disease, complications after dental procedures, and the risk of developing oral cancer. The oral changes range from soft tissue changes to bad breath, periodontics, and stained teeth.
Tobacco and nicotine exposure result in yellow teeth, and it also affects your sense of taste. It lowers the immune system and puts you at a greater risk of developing health conditions like gum disease and various cancer types.
If you are a smoker, here is all you need to know about oral healthcare.
Smoking stains are caused by nicotine and tar found in tobacco smoke. However, brushing several times a day seems to be a reasonable solution, but it is essential to know that excessive brushing damages your gums. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush regularly.
Choose a toothpaste that is fluoride-rich and can effectively fight against teeth stains and improve discoloration. Ingredients that help retain whiteness are:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
- Activated Charcoal
- Coconut Oil
- Home-made toothpaste
You have to be very careful with the amount of hydrogen peroxide if you’re experimenting with a DIY solution for teeth stains because excessive use of hydrogen peroxide can damage your teeth.
Smoker’s breath is another issue some people struggle with, and it is due to the early stages of gum disease or dry mouth. To combat smoker’s breath, here are a few tips:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly
- Increase your fluid intake to prevent dry mouth
- Use antibacterial mouthwash
- Chew sugarless gum
- Visit your dentist regularly and try to cut back on smoking.
Are E-Cigarettes Better for My Teeth?
It is a common notion that vaping is better for oral health because there’s no tobacco. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. E-cigarettes do not produce smoke, but they do contain nicotine that is bad for your overall health. Nicotine decreases saliva production and damages gum tissue, which often results in a receding gum line, tooth loss, and bad breath.
In summary, e-cigarettes are as harmful as any other cigarette; the only way out is by quitting cold turkey!
If you’re not ready to quit smoking, it is quite understandable. You can still take care of your teeth by being careful with your dental visits to help fight teeth stains and identify any underlying gum disease signs.
Breaking a smoking habit is not easy, and it may require behavioral therapy at times, but it is not impossible! Keep busy and try to avoid any triggers by surrounding yourself with people and places where you cannot smoke.
Your health comes first!
If you are considering a teeth whitening procedure or have any questions about your dental health, Snow Family Dentistry offers a wide range of solutions and consultations because, for us, your smile matters!