Smoking and Oral Health

The health issues associated with smoking are well-known to us today. Packets of cigarettes in Australia, and in many countries around the world, leave us in no doubt. But lesser known are the numerous impacts that smoking has upon our pearly whites and our gums.

Impact of Smoking on Oral Health

Smoking results in a variety of detrimental impacts upon our teeth and gums. Most visibly, it stains our teeth, the result of drawing sulfur, nicotine, and other chemicals over them as we inhale. This can hurt our overall appearance, necessitating more aggressive whitening techniques, and can make us more self-conscious about our smile.

Smokers also tend to exhibit more cases of periodontitis and gingivitis, diseases of the gums. Their gums are almost twice as likely to host problems, a reality that is related to the decrease in blood flow to gum tissues that is typical of smokers. This means that any issues in their gums have a tougher time healing properly. As your family dentist in Campbelltown, we can attest that non-smokers tend to heal more quickly and easily from dental procedures.

Finally, smokers also tend to exhibit drier mouths than their non-smoking counterparts. This is due to the active ingredients in cigarettes slowing down our production of saliva. This has some considerable knock-on effects, as well, because the saliva in our mouths helps to ‘wash’ our teeth and remove plaque and tartar before it builds up. In its absence, plaque and tartar have a considerably easier task creating cavities.

If you are considering giving up smoking, it can do wonders for many areas of your health, and not only your lungs. For more information, and for no gaps teeth whitening to brighten your smile, contact your family dentist in Campbelltown at Marketfair Dental today.

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Nicolle Nash

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