what smoking really does to your teeth

What Smoking Really Does to Your Teeth

We all have bad habits, though some do more harm for our health than others. Unfortunately, using cigarettes and tobacco is one of the most common unhealthy habits worldwide. And this fixation isn’t just bad for your lungs—it can wreak havoc on your teeth. Here’s how!

The Damage Done

Because smoking limits your mouth’s ability to fight infections, the bacteria left behind by cigarettes can leave your teeth helpless against plaque build-up and tooth discolouration, also known as tobacco stains. Even if you practice good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing each day, most smokers still find bad breath to be an issue.

Repetitive tobacco use also increases your chances of developing:

  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancers
  • Tooth decay

Heavy tobacco use can also pose concerns for patients needing restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments like root canals or crowns as gum recession tends to cause uneven margins.

Kicking The Habit

If you’re a habitual smoker, it’s never too late to quit. Start by setting a “quit date” as it can take some mental preparation. Be sure to seek out support from your family and friends. When the urge to smoke comes up, find a behavioural distraction (like brushing your teeth) instead of reaching for a cigarette. Your teeth (and body) will thank you!

Just like non-smoking patients, tobacco users should be sure to visit our practice for routine cleans and checkups to make sure your mouth remains as healthy as possible. If it’s been a while since your last visit, give Pennant hills dentist a call today to schedule an appointment.



Dr Poornima Hills Dentist

Whether you need a weekend appointment or are considering braces, Hills Dental Design is equipped with modern dental equipment to provide minimally invasive and comfortable care. Patients of all ages are welcomed in our Pennant Hills practice.Dr Poornima Srinivas and our team at Hills Dental Design would like to welcome you and your family to our state-of-the-art dental office. At our boutique practice you will find quality dental care and exceptional customer service.

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