Effects of smoking on your oral health

Everybody around knows that smoking is bad for you these days, but it is generally just talked about in connection with lung cancer and heart disease. It has a huge amount of other health complications for your body, what we will be talking about today will be how smoking affects your oral hygiene/health.

The problems:

There is a pretty large amount of problems that can arise from smoking in regards to your oral health, these include gum disease, higher chance of dental implant failure and a significant amount of other problems:

  • Smoking can reduce your ability to taste and smell
  • Causes bad breath
  • Can stain your teeth and dental fillings which will then require teeth whitening
  • It can alter your palate, giving you “smokers palete”
  • Smoker’s melanosis which appear as brown spots inside your mouth
  • Coated tongue
  • Oral thrush
  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Tooth Decay
  • Skin cancer

These problems are more than likely arising from the different things the chemicals in smoking do to you, for instance it can change the pH level of your mouth, cause dryness in the mouth, create a change in immune response and it can alter your ability to handle viral or fungal infections.

Unfortunately there is no real way around it and unfortunately for smokers, it is the same advice that is always handed out, stop smoking. I understand that it can be incredibly difficult to do but the good news is as with most of the negative effects of smoking stopping actually heals most of these ailments. A general checkup with a doctor is always a good idea, but if you are quitting smoking you should definitely go and see one. They can help you with quitting and help determine what damage the smoking has done to you. So bad news if you love smoking but hey, everyone knows smoking bad for you these days, it is not the 1930’s anymore where smoking seemed almost mandatory.