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DO YOU KNOW WHAT CIGARETTES DO TO YOUR TEETH?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT CIGARETTES DO TO YOUR TEETH?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, America has 36 million smokers. This is about 15 percent of the nation’s population. Sure, people might be aware of the health impacts smoking can cause. Many have even stopped smoking. But the person who continues to smoke is at high risk for cancer, gum disease and oral cancer. It can be easy to ignore what cigarettes do to your teeth. Many who smoke worry more about their lungs. If you smoke a pack a day, however, your teeth won’t thank you. Even smoking one cigarette per day puts you at risk for several health dangers. Let’s take a look.

THE SHORT-TERM IMPACT: WHAT CIGARETTES DO TO YOUR TEETH

Smoking anything does damage to your mouth. Tobacco, in particular, hurts the teeth. Every time you smoke a cigarette, you’re reducing your mouth’s ability to resist infection. According to the American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website, smoking can even reduce your mouth’s ability to heal after surgery. A single cigarette can also cause slight tooth discoloration. Sure, you might avoid this by brushing your teeth after. You can even use mouthwash, floss and teeth whitening products to limit the discoloration. This said, the tar in tobacco can penetrate the enamel of your teeth. Some smokers have brown teeth after years of smoking, but even occasional smokers will see some nasty colors. In the short run, smoking might not seem so bad. Unfortunately, smoking is rarely a short run deal. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry states you can lose teeth by smoking every day. Check out these statistics:

Men who smoke lose 2.9 teeth per 10 years of smoking.

Women who smoke lose 1.5 teeth per 10 years of smoking.

The short-term impacts might seem slight, but those cigarettes add up. Let’s take a closer look at some of the long-term dental impacts of smoking cigarettes.

THE LONG-TERM IMPACT: HOW CIGARETTES CAN RUIN YOUR SMILE

If losing teeth doesn’t sound scary enough, the reason behind loss teeth will be. Tobacco, and tobacco smoke, can enter small cavities around your gum line. Tobacco use, alone, can even create cavities. Smoking causes a buildup of tartar and plaque—which make new cavities. Plus, smoking can cause your jaw bones to wear down. Bone loss is no laughing matter—especially when it’s your mouth losing the laugh. Short-term smoking might cause bad breath, but long-term smoking can lead to something far worse: gum disease.

HOW CIGARETTES CAUSE GUM DISEASE AND CANCER

If you don’t quit smoking, you might experience salivary gland inflammation. This painful face swelling can result in gland stone development. If this happens, you might need surgery to remove them. Smokers are also twice as likely to have gum disease, reports the CDC. Even worse: The risk of gum disease gets higher with every cigarette. The most severe mouth-related smoking downfall is, of course, oral cancer. About 50,000 Americans, per year, get diagnosed with oral cancer. Out of these people, 80 percent are smokers. While oral cancer’s symptoms begin as jaw numbness, ear pain and difficulty chewing, its long-term symptoms are much more devastating. They’re also deadly. The only real way to protect your teeth, and your life, is to stop smoking. Take care of your health, and chase the bright-smiled life you deserve. Your teeth will thank you.

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