How Smoking Affects Your Dental Health
Smoking has always been bad for our health. We are made aware of this fact due to the high number of people around the world who die each year from illnesses brought about by smoking. Yet, each year, young people still pick up the habit and become addicted.
We can blame the media for it. We see celebrities, athletes or other famous people smoke and we all want to be like them. So, we smoke without a care of the numerous consequences to our dental health brought about our actions. Nicotine is a very addictive substance found in Tobacco leaves that’s why smokers want to immediately consume another round after the last one they had. The vicious cycle is very difficult to get away from and it goes on and on. So how does smoking affect our teeth?
Tobacco or Cigarettes contain tar and nicotine that makes teeth look yellow in a very short time. Every time a person smokes, they inhale the harmful chemicals from the nose or mouth that’s why the very first to suffer is the teeth. The mouth is used to perform the act and it is the teeth who gets to bite the cigarette butt or the tobacco leaves. The yellowing of the teeth is just a sign of things to come.
Affects gums and teeth
A smoker produces more bacterial plaque as compared to those who don’t smoke. Plaque sticks to the teeth and the buildup caused by frequent smoking eventually reach the gums. Gums can recede at a rapid pace making the teeth more sensitive and prone to developing infections and diseases as a result of too much smoking.
Everyone suffers from tooth decay and smokers are more at risk because of the harmful chemicals they get to inhale on a daily basis. Plaque and Tartar build up only invites more bacteria to grow at a rapid pace and the tooth is left defenseless. People who smoke too much also have low immunity levels that’s why their bodies are deteriorating at a faster rate.
Bone loss particularly the Jaw
Smokers are more at risk of osteoporosis. Researchers have established a link between bone loss and smoking. Continued smoking over the years decreases overall bone density and they may take more time to heal a bone when they suffer a fracture.
Teeth will fall out
The above-mentioned factors all point to developing Periodontitis, a disease that will affect the structure that holds the teeth inside the mouth. Tooth and gum infections signal the overall deterioration of a smoker’s oral health. Sooner or later, a tooth will fall off as a result of continued neglect and when that time comes, it’s probably already too late.