You know smoking isn’t good for your health. You’ve seen countless commercials, heard radio ads and been told a dozen times by your doctor. If you’re a smoker, you know that you should be trying to quit now, not waiting on some nearly invisible timeline or sign that you should give up the tobacco.
Most people think of serious health problems like lung cancer and heart disease as long term effects of smoking, the fact is that your oral health can be at risk as well. You may not think about your gums and teeth being heavily impacted, but over time, they can be badly damaged by any type of tobacco use.
Keep reading to learn more about the importance of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, and how tobacco use impacts your oral health in a variety of negative ways.
Discolored Teeth Discolored teeth are not a life sentence, but very few people want to walk around with brown spots and ugly teeth. When you smoke regularly, that’s exactly what will happen to your mouth.
Even if you go to your dentist for cleanings, the brown spots and discoloration will come back within a few weeks of getting treatment. Unless you plan on making a weekly appointment with your dentist – which obviously isn’t reasonable – quitting smoking is the only way to keep ugly teeth from becoming part of your life.
Bad Breath Like discolored teeth, bad breath won’t kill. However, do you really want to walk around with everybody turning away from you all the time?
Quitting smoking will help to keep bad breath at bay once and for all.
Oral Cancer Oral cancer is dangerous and can kill you. It can also be a very unpleasant thing to experience since sores in the mouth, broken and rotten teeth, and routine mouth surgery are all a common part of the oral cancer experience.
You can avoid oral cancer by quitting smoking. Some sufferers even end up losing part of their jaw, making it difficult to talk, eat or even walk around without discomfort and pain.