When we read all of the precautions of what horrible damage smoking cigarettes can cause to our body, ironically, the teeth are usually not mentioned at all. This is especially concerning since dental problems and issues with teeth are significantly associated with smoking cigarettes. If you smoke, it is important to know exactly how it affects your teeth and what you can do to prevent issues like tooth pain, gum disease, bad breath, and other damage it can cause.
How Smoking Affects Your Teeth
While everyone wants to have a great, white, smile, those who smoke cigarettes may find that they struggle with this. It is because each and every time you breathe in cigarette smoke, your teeth are in danger of becoming stained and discolored from the nicotine and tar in the tobacco.
Not only can these ingredients make your teeth yellow in a very short amount of time, but those who smoke a lot will find that their teeth are almost brown after years of continued smoking. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) indicates that smoking and tobacco use can cause a variety of serious oral health issues including:
Effects of Smoking Cigarettes on your Teeth and Mouth
- Stained teeth and tongue
- Bad breath odor
- Dulled sense of taste and smell
- Gum or periodontal disease
- Slow healing after a tooth extraction
- Difficulties correcting cosmetic dental problems
- Oral cancer
- Causes interference with the normal function of gum tissue cells
And if the unsightly stained teeth, pain, and irritation aren’t enough, the severe inflammation can also affect the bone and other supporting structures, which can result in tooth loss over an extended period. In addition, the use of any tobacco products, especially smokeless tobacco, increases your risk of oral cancer as well.
Dentistry Solutions for Smokers in Woodridge
Unfortunately, routine brushing will not remove the stains or reduce halitosis alone. Those who smoke should plan to receive more frequent dental cleanings. In addition, it is suggested that you receive regular examinations to ensure your teeth, gums and entire mouth are healthy. This includes the examination of your cheeks, tongue, and throat for any issues that may require more investigation. Dr. Machnowski offers a variety of solutions in his Woodridge office for smokers to enhance the beauty and health of your smiles including these treatments:
Dental Solutions for Smokers from Your Woodridge Dentist
- Teeth whitening
- Inlays and onlays
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings
Are You Ready to Whiten Your Smile?
Dr. Machnowski and his experienced dentistry team have been serving the community of Woodridge, IL and Naperville, IL for over 25 years. We take pride in being your neighborhood dentist and are here to help with existing dental issues and concerns for those who smoke cigarettes. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (630) 795-1902 or contact us online here for the dental treatment and pain relief you deserve.