Cigarettes and Your Teeth: How to Help Yourself if You Are a Smoker

Cigarettes and Your Teeth: How to Help Yourself if You Are a Smoker

Posted by LAKEVIEW DENTAL CLINIC on Dec 16 2021, 03:12 AM

We all are aware that smoking is bad for our health and is linked to various life-threatening diseases including cancer. However, many smokers are still unaware of the adverse effects of smoking on their teeth and gums. 

In this article, our dental team at Lakeview Dental Clinic in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, talks about the relationship between cigarettes and your teeth and simple practices you can incorporate into your routine to take care of your oral health if you are a smoker.

How Can Smokers Practice Good Oral Hygiene?

Cigarette smoke helps bacteria develop in your mouth. This bacteria is responsible for teeth and gum issues. It can accelerate tooth decay, lead to gum disease, and cause bad breath. 

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. If you notice any irregularities or sensitivity in your teeth and gums, don't wait until your next scheduled visit. Make an appointment as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to find out how smoking affects your oral health and how you can protect yourself.

Stained Teeth 

Tobacco smoke contains nicotine and tar, which can make teeth yellow and stained. Brushing twice a day is very important if you are a smoker if you want to prevent stains as well as gum disease. 

You should choose a toothpaste that contains the following ingredients to prevent cigarette teeth stains:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Coconut oil
  • Turmeric
  • Activated charcoal 
  • Baking soda

Smoker’s Breath

Smoker’s breath is a critical issue most smokers have to deal with. It can be irritating for you as well as others. 

To manage this issue, try following the tips below: 

  • Increase water intake to prevent dry mouth 
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash 
  • Chew sugar-free gum 
  • Get regular dental cleanings to remove tartar and plaque buildup
  • Quit smoking 
  • Quitting Smoking 

The solution to all problems related to cigarettes is to quit smoking. Even if you are a long-time smoker, it’s never too late to take the first step.

For more information on the relationship between cigarettes and your teeth and professional dental treatments, contact Lakeview Dental Clinic at (208) 664-0884 or visit us at 801 Milwaukee Dr., Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814. 

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