Smoking can cause multiple health problems including coronary heart disease, lung cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. But did you know smoking is also bad for your teeth? Unfortunately, smokers tend to brush off the small messages their body sends to them to quit smoking until it’s too late to change. Oral problems smokers tend to have include:
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Discoloration/staining of teeth
- Altered sense of taste and smell
- Oral cancer
- Tooth decay
Your mouth is the gateway to your body. Smoking is like burning down that gate.
Whenever we put something in our mouth, we are either exposing ourselves to something harmful or something helpful. It should go without saying that smoking fits in the “harmful” category. It wreaks havoc on a smoker’s mouth and body, breaking down its natural defenses like saliva and enamel. In fact, according to Dental Health Services Victoria, “Nicotine also affects the way your immune system fights infections. This means that smoking also makes your recovery from many dental procedures much slower.”
If you want to keep all of your teeth and enjoy a healthier life, take steps today to break your smoking habit. There are so many resources out there available to you, and most people who have successfully quit are willing to offer support and encouragement as well.