Cigarettes & Oral Health

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 – It is never too late to quit, for more information visit or call Quitline on 13 78 48.

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