How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

Posted by DR. ZIN on May 27 2020, 11:43 PM

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

Smoking is a harmful habit that can negatively affect your overall health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes are said to cause an estimated 8 million deaths per year. Smokers are often more susceptible to oral infections and diseases than non-smokers. It is one of the major causes of oral cancer, gum diseases, and tooth loss.

Smoking Stains your Teeth

Our teeth contain minute pores on their surface. Patients may notice their teeth discolor when they eat a lot of colored foods or drink beverages. This is due to the staining particles entering the porous structure of the teeth and staying lodged in there. Tobacco contains nicotine and tar. When you smoke cigarettes, the teeth easily stain as a result of the minute tar particles entering the porous structure of the enamel. It is almost impossible to get rid of them by brushing and flossing and will require professional deep cleaning or teeth whitening solutions.

Does smoking cause gum diseases?

Smoking can lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. It interferes with the ideal functioning of the cells of the gum tissues, and can even decay them to a severe extent. Smokers are more likely to have plaque and tartar deposits on their teeth that are hard to get rid of. The bacteria in the tartar deposits release harmful toxins that can cause cavities and gum diseases. The infected tissues slow down healing as smoking affects the blood flow to them.

Oral Cancer Can be Fatal

Smoking is the leading cause of oral cancer. Oral cancer is, by far, the most severe oral condition that can affect individuals, and is often fatal if not treated at the right time. According to the data from WebMD, up to 90% of patients who develop oral cancer are smokers. Tobacco contains hundreds or carcinogens that can affect the soft tissues of your mouth. Oral cancer is usually visible in the form of blisters, lumps, abnormal growth of cancerous cells that may appear as patches, etc. If treated at the right time, oral cancer is curable.


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