We all know that smoking cigarettes can cause a multitude of health issues but what are the effects it can have in the mouth? Smoking can cause:
- Oral Cancer – It is two times more likely.
- Gingivitis (early gum disease) – Inflamed and gums bleeding when brushing or flossing.
- Periodontitis (severe gum disease) – This can lead to bone and tooth loss.
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth – Caused by a decrease in saliva production.
- Slow wound healing in the mouth.
- Staining of the teeth
- An effect on your ability to taste foods and drinks.
- A higher risk of dry socket after having a tooth removed.
The best way you can improve your health is to quit smoking, some other good oral habits are:
- Brushing morning and night
- Using a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing at least once a day
- Drinking tap water frequently
- Chewing sugar-free gum (to increase salvia flow which helps to protect the teeth)
Vaping is also not the healthier option in regards to quitting, see the linked blog here – https://singletonhappytooth.com.au/vaping-vs-oral-heath/. It is never too late to quit, for more information visit www.quit.org.au or call Quitline on 13 78 48.