As the daughter of two chimneys (oops, I mean smokers), I know all too well the damage smoking can wreak on the body.
It’s particularly bad for the teeth. It makes sense. You put that damn ciggie in your mouth after all, so you can’t expect them to be left unscathed.
So, just for the fun of it, let’s take a look at how smoking ruins your teeth (and mouth), shall we?
1. Yellow teeth
This is the most common, and most visible, damage. What’s worse is that these unattractive yellow stains can’t simply be brushed away with a toothbrush. You have to get regular and throughout dental cleansing sessions at the dentist to get rid of them. Personally, I can think of lots of better ways to spend my free time.
2. Oral cancer
Oral cancer is little known, but very common among smokers. And, very dangerous, too. If you smoke, you’re 6 times more likely to get it. And, of course, it’s one of those cancers that progresses rapidly, so it’s essential to catch it in time. Even if you do catch it in time, if the tumour gets too big, doctors may have to remove part of your tongue and palate to get rid of it completely. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to be disfigured, so stop smoking while you still can. Pretty please.
3. Gum disease
Smoking also affects the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. This damages the gum tissue, which is why you’re more likely to develop mouth sores and periodontal diseases if you smoke. It can also cause receding gums, which leaves the teeth exposed. This makes your teeth very sensitive to the heat and the cold, so eating becomes a nightmare. Even worse, gum disease can cause tooth decay and loss. And that toothless look certainly isn’t attractive, isn’t it?
4. Plaque buildup
Smoking cause plaque and tartar buildup, too. And, it also creates a nice environment for the bacteria that want to live on that plaque. That can cause infections, which can cause gum disease. And we already know how bad gum diseases is. To get rid of it, the only solution is, once again, regular teeth cleansing sessions at the dentist. Don’t you think you’re starting to go there too often?
5. Longer healing period
If you undergo oral surgery (which I hope you never will), it’ll take a long longer to heal. Yep, another side effect of smoking.
Do you still feel like smoking?
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