Smoking is bad for the health. If you smoke and need more motivation to quit the habit, here are dental-related reasons why you need to stop smoking as soon as possible.
Smokers have a higher risk losing teeth
Studies show that smokers are twice as much more prone to tooth loss compared to non-smokers. This is mainly because the chemicals from cigarettes and tobacco products contribute to tartar and plaque buildup.
Smoking causes bad breath
Cigarettes and tobacco products leave an unpleasant smell in the mouth, which may not be easily removed by tooth brushing alone.
Smoking causes teeth stains
Teeth can turn out yellow and discoloured with long-term cigarette smoking and tobacco use.
Smoking increases the risk of gum disease
Gum tissues are weakened when constantly exposed to tobacco and cigarette smoke.
Smokers have decreased healing ability
Smoking slows down the body’s natural healing ability, which is why smokers may not be good candidates for implant treatments.
Smoking increases the risk of cancer
Smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer of the mouth, lips, throat, and tongue compared to non-smokers.