Ways Smoking Can Affect Your Oral Health And Lifestyle

Practically everyone knows that cigarettes can have a deadly impact on your body. While it may be a pleasurable pastime for some people who are addicted to it, the truth is, in the long run, smoking heavily affects the body in ways that are damaging to it.

Here are six ways that smoking is particularly bad for your oral health:

1) Altered taste and smell

When you smoke regularly, your senses of taste and smell may be a bit “off.” Not only does that interfere with your enjoyment of food, it may actually lead you to add too much salt or sugar in an attempt to make the taste stronger. Research shows about one in five smokers have a less precise sense of taste and smell. Fortunately, the effect may be reversible if you kick the habit.

2) Stained teeth

A smoker’s mouth is not a pretty mouth , thanks to the unattractive yellow stains that tar and nicotine leave on your teeth. Over time, this discolouration can seep into tiny cracks in the tooth enamel. That means that after several years of smoking, the staining may well be permanent.

3) Bad Breath

It’s no surprise that smokers have bad breath and it’s not the kind you can zap with a quick breath mint or spray. More than 4,000 chemicals pass through your oral cavity every time you smoke and many of them end up collecting on the surfaces inside your mouth. Smoking also contributes to bad breath by drying out your mouth which can trigger gum infection and even irritate your sinuses.

4) Cavities

Considering the increased plaque and gum problems caused by smoking, it’s a no-brainer that you’re also at higher risk for tooth decay. If you smoke, you’re putting your mouth at risk for three times as many cavities as those who don’t.

5) Gum Disease

Smoking abuses your gums two different ways. First, you are likely to produce more bacterial plaque in your mouth, which puts your gums under steady attack. Secondly, smokers have lower levels of oxygen in their blood which slows down healing of wounds and injuries. As a result, when your gums become infected, your body is less able to deal with it. Compared to non-smokers, gum disease progresses at a more rapid rate in people who smoke.

6) Oral Cancer

Smoking or chewing tobacco can contribute to cancers of your mouth, tongue, lips, gums and throat. Health Canada estimated that there would be 3,400 new cases of oral cancer last year, with men accounting for more than half of that number.

Source: Besthealthmag

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