How to Manage Your Smoking Habit & Dental Health

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If you smoke or use any tobacco products regularly, your dentist has probably told you about the various effects smoking can have on your dental health. Your mouth is the main hub for all the toxins, chemicals, and poisons that come from tobacco which results in a wide variety of undesirable effects. For example, some of the effects of smoking on dental health are:

  • Teeth discoloration and staining
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Brittle, weak bones in the jaw
  • Interference with oral healing following a surgery or dental treatment
  • Increased risk of complications with dental implants
  • Oral cancer and throat cancer
  • Gum disease (7x more likely than a non-smoker, according to the CDC)
  • Tooth loss
  • Cavities
  • Mouth sores
  • Infections

Of course, the best way to avoid these problems is to stop smoking and consuming tobacco products completely. However, for those of you who are in the process of quitting or are otherwise still smoking, here are some tips to help manage your smoking habit and your dental health. Please note that none of these tips claim to improve your dental health, or prevent future problems.

  • To avoid some of the effects of dry mouth—a common side effect of smoking—be sure to regularly drink several glasses of water each day. Drinking water in addition to using a tooth paste designed for dry mouth will help keep your mouth moist throughout the day.
  • Avoid smoking following a dental surgery, such as a wisdom teeth extraction. Smoking following a surgery can cause dry sockets, which are extremely painful and time-consuming to treat. Refrain from smoking for as long as possible, and speak with your dentist if you have concerns about a dry socket.
  • Keep yourself to a stringent brushing and flossing schedule. It is imperative that you look after your teeth everyday without fail, in the absence of a dentist.
  • Have regular appointments with your dentist. A dentist’s eye is the best way to make sure you are aware of the state of your dental health, and can make the necessary changes.

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