What Smoking Does To Your Teeth

by Gio

5 reasons smoking is bad for teeth

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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Jamilla October 28, 2011 - 7:55 am

To say nothing of what it does to your skin and lungs!

beautifulwithbrains October 28, 2011 - 9:39 am

Jamilla, so true! Smoking is bad for the entire body.

Viv October 28, 2011 - 7:59 am

Scary isn’t it? I’ve never ever smoked – I remember my mum smoking, even though she gave up when I was some tender age under ten – and I hated the smell of smoke. I really hope that my children never ever fall into the habit. Fortunately I do believe that the kids of today are better informed about the risks, and the banning of smoking in public places does make it less appealing 🙂

beautifulwithbrains October 28, 2011 - 9:45 am

Viv, it is scary indeed! My mum is only now trying to quit and it’s such a hard habit to kick. The smell of smoke is disgusting and smoking causes so many health problems.. it’s just awful. It’s good that kids these days are better informed and I think that the perception of smoking is finally changing and is not considered as cool as it was in the past, which together with the banning of smoking in public places may hopefully help prevent people from developing this bad habit in the first place.

Vonvon October 28, 2011 - 11:11 am

Yes, smoking is just terrible! And I hate second-hand smoke too! Hate it when you are about the enter a premise, and at the entrance there is a trash can, you can imagine the ‘aroma’ outside the store. Or at the bus stop….it STINKS! and I HATE it! There are so many scenarios of those stinking ciggy smoke stench just pollutes an othewise nice environment!

beautifulwithbrains October 28, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Vonvon, I agree. The smell is really awful! I guess smokers are so used to it they can’t even really smell it anymore, but for the rest of us it is just horrible!

La Bisbetica October 28, 2011 - 2:23 pm

I cannot understand why so many young people still begin to smoke today. :/ Great post, talking about side effects of smoking is never enough!

beautifulwithbrains October 28, 2011 - 6:08 pm

La Bisbetica, I can’t either.. it’s such an awful that’s really bad for you.. Thanks.

eight November 4, 2011 - 5:32 pm

Late reply, but thanks for this post. I really dislike how socially acceptable smoking is (although thankfully here in Canada it is becoming less so, what with no indoor smoking policy almost everywhere, etc.) What really gets me is that secondhand smoke poses a real threat as well — I’ve heard many stories about people getting (and dying from) lung cancer because of family members who smoked in the house.

I’ll never smoke because I know how awful it is for you (general you) and those around you. I also really hate the smell of smoke; it makes me cough and wheeze. I’m glad my husband is anti-smoking as well (though I’d make him quit if he did smoke!)

beautifulwithbrains November 4, 2011 - 8:19 pm

Eight, although there are still a lot of people who think smoking is ok, I think smoking is slowing becoming uncool and less acceptable, and these restrictions (we have them here in Italy too) are helping in making it less appealing too. And you’re right, secondhand smoke is harmful to health as well and its effects shouldn’t be underestimated. Smoking is really bad for everyone.


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