Smoking or chewing tobacco causes problems with the heart, lungs, and even the mouth. Take a look at some of the oral health problems smoking can cause:
- Discolored Teeth: The tar and nicotine found in tobacco can create dull, yellow stains on your teeth. Smoking can even stain your tongue.
- Diminished Sense of Taste: Both taste and smell are effected by smoking, which means you won’t be able to enjoy your favorite foods in the same way you did before.
- Bad Breath: You may find that people start avoiding you if you constantly have smoker’s breath stinking your mouth. Additionally, smoking increases your risk for gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.
- Dental Implant Failure: You can restore missing teeth with dental implants, but they are more likely to fail if you ruin your oral health by smoking.
- Tooth Decay: Smoking creates more plaque in your mouth, which produces the acids that decay teeth. A smoker’s mouth also becomes dry, which further increases the risk for cavities.
- Gum Disease: Tobacco not only irritates gum tissue and creates more plaque that helps cause this condition, but it also weakens the immune system’s ability to fight infection and heal from it. Studies show that smokers are six times more likely to suffer from gum tissue deterioration than nonsmokers as a result of gum disease.
- Oral Cancer: 90% of people who develop this harmful disease have smoked or chewed tobacco. Oral cancer can have effects on the tongue, lips, gum tissue, jaw bone, and throat.