How Smoking Tobacco Affects Your Teeth

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Most people know how harmful smoking is for their body. However, they may not know the extensive damage it can cause to their teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Smoking tobacco can lead to a variety of mouth problems such as stained teeth, severe tooth decay, gum disease, and even in some cases, mouth cancer. The longer you smoke, the more damage your teeth will face.

What Does Smoking Do to Your Teeth?

  • Tooth Discoloration — Regular tobacco use can cause your teeth to turn yellow or brown. The more you smoke, the faster your teeth will lose their pearly white shine.

  • Bad Breath — The particles of a cigarette remain in your mouth once it’s finished. They cause bad breath and an overgrowth of bacteria.
  • Gum Disease — Smoking decreases your mouth’s ability to fight off bad bacteria. Over time, the built-up bacteria can make its way to your gum line and cause your gums to recede and your jawbone to weaken.
  • Tooth Loss — Tooth loss is often a byproduct of gum disease. Since your gums pull away from your teeth and your jawbone is fragile, some of your teeth may fall out or need to be extracted.

Our Dental Team Can Help

No matter what shape your teeth and gums are in, we have treatments that can help you get your oral health back on track. We can put together a personalized treatment plan to help lessen the problems caused by smoking. The best way to restore your dental health, though, is to stop smoking tobacco altogether.

If your teeth suffer from discoloration from smoking, we offer deep cleanings, teeth whitening treatments, and veneers to help bring your smile back to life. We also provide complete dental implant services to replace missing teeth. Quitting smoking is difficult to do, but once you get over that hurdle, you can sit back while we take care of the rest. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

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