Smoking weakens the body’s immune system and makes it difficult to fight gum inflammation. A smoker has twice the risk of gum disease compared to a non-smoker.
The best way to keep your butt off the dentist chair (and avoid the piercing purr of the electric drill) is to quit smoking.
First, tobacco smoke increases the production of bacterial plaque and increases the risk of developing gum disease, but it also prevents the infected gums from healing by restricting the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream (and into your gums), which in turn leads to a number of painful symptoms, such as: bad breath, Bleeding gums, painful chewing, receding gums, and Tooth loss. Second, tar, nicotine, and other chemicals can be found in cigarette smoke gloomy smile and leaves teeth stained an unpleasant mustard yellow. Finally, but most importantly, habitual cigarette smoking can lead to too Mouth cancer, throatt, and Larynx (voicebox).
Oral hygiene is key to preventing tooth and gum disease, but it all has to start with a commitment to quit smoking. Keep going with the basics – brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing often, going to the dentist for a cleaning every six months – but also consider investing in specialized dental care products like toothpastes or mouthwashes.