Why Smoking is Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted by Brittany Southeast Family Dental Dec 01,2022

Smoking increases your risk of developing gum disease, oral cancer, and stained teeth. It also affects your appearance by decreasing your jawbone density, causing premature wrinkling, and giving you bad breath.

Oral Health Issues Associated with Smoking

Smokers have a much higher chance of developing gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Additionally, smokers are more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers. Inhaling smoke also dulls the appearance of your teeth and can stain them yellow or brown over time. This effect can sometimes be reversed with professional teeth whitening treatments. However, if you don't stop smoking first, the discoloration and stains are likely to return.

Drinking alcohol can also increase your risk of oral disease. In addition to staining your teeth, drinking alcohol also increases your risk of developing mouth cancer. It also makes it more difficult for your body to fight harmful bacteria that can lead to infections in the mouth and other areas of the body.

Smoking and Gum Disease

Your gums are just one part of your body that's affected by smoking. In fact, smoking has been linked to many different health problems, including heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. Most people know that smoking is dangerous for their health, but many don't know that it can also negatively affect their oral health.

The chemicals in cigarettes can cause tooth decay in smokers by weakening their enamel. In addition to causing tooth discoloration, the plaque and tartar buildup can also increase your risk for gum disease. Tobacco use has also been linked to an increased risk of periodontitis – a serious form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss.

If you smoke and have signs of gum disease, it's vital that you visit our office right away for treatment. Without treatment, the problem will only get worse and contribute to poor dental health. 

Smoking and Tooth Loss

We all know smoking is bad for our health, but did you know it can also have a negative impact on your teeth? Cigarette smoke contains harsh chemicals and toxins that can damage tooth enamel, the protective layer covering each tooth that protects it from damage. This can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and other painful dental issues. Smoking cigarettes can also stain teeth a yellow or brown color, making it more difficult to whiten them later on.

If you have questions about the best ways to care for your smile at home, call our friendly staff at (317) 359-8000 today. We would be happy to schedule you for an appointment at our family dental practice in  Indianapolis, IN. We look forward to working with you soon!

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