How Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth?

How Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth?

If you are a smoker you are at risk for dental issues that come with smoking.  Tobacco harms your teeth in many ways. Cigarettes limit your mouth’s ability to fight infection, which leaves you defenceless against the bacteria produced by smoking.

What Does Smoking Do To Your Teeth?

Increased plaque and bacteria cause a wide range of oral health issues:

Tooth Discolouration

Yellowed or stained teeth is one of the most obvious signs that someone is a smoker. The chemicals in tobacco cling to the enamel in your teeth, causing them to stain over time.  Teeth whitening treatments can help slow down this process, but if you continue smoking it’s impossible to stop or reverse it entirely.  Your smile says more about you than any other physical feature.   At Rdent we offer Exam, Scale and Polish, X-rays and tooth whitening kit all for €299.  

Bad Breath

Cigarette particles remain in the mouth long after a cigarette is finished, which cause the breath to take on the characteristics of a cigarette.  The longer-term effects of smoking also contribute to bad breath. The overgrowth of bacteria in the smoker’s mouth leads to horrible breath. Unfortunately, brushing or gargling with mouthwash will not get rid of the smell because it is coming from gum disease, oral sores, and decay.   It’s times to stop smoking entirely and work with a dentist to address the underlying issues smoking has caused.

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Delayed Healing

Not only does smoking increase your risk of things like tooth extraction and oral surgery, it also slows down your body’s ability to recover from these procedures. It also lowers the rate of successful dental implant procedures.  A dentist can help mitigate this as much as possible, but treatment plans are only effective if the patient stops smoking.

Do you need a dental treatment plan?

Call us today on 091 563 792 to book a consultation and we can put together a treatment plan to help mitigate the issues associated with smoking.


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