Cigarettes and Your Teeth - How to Help Yourself if You Are a Smoker?

Posted by BELLFLOWER COSMETIC DENTISTRY on Sep 14 2021, 07:28 AM

Cigarettes and Your Teeth - How to Help Yourself if You Are a Smoker?

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, almost 13 out of 100 adults in America have the habit of smoking. Although lung cancer is the most talked-about side effect of smoking, cigarettes are disastrous for your oral health too. 

In this blog, our dental experts at Samir T. Ayoub Dental Corporation in Bellflower, California, explain the effects of smoking on your dental health.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health? 

Smoking puts your oral health at significant risk by causing: 

Oral Cancer 

According to a study, the oral cavity is the first part of a smoker’s body exposed to the harmful effects of nicotine. Smoking exposes your cheeks, lips, tongue, and salivary glands to a higher level of carcinogens. 

Tooth Decay 

The nicotine in tobacco causes xerostomia or dry mouth. Decreased saliva flow increases the risk of plaque and tartar accumulation and increases pH levels in the mouth, thus leading to cavities and gum disease. 

Periodontal Disease 

According to this CDC study, smokers have twice the risk of developing gum disease compared to non-smokers. Smoking weakens your body’s immune system making it difficult to fight off gum disease as well.  

Stained Teeth 

The nicotine and tar in tobacco get absorbed into the pores of your teeth. This causes a yellow or brown discoloration.

What Are Some Dental Care Tips for Smokers? 

If you are a smoker, it’s best to quit the habit right away! Until you do, here are some dental care tips for better oral health: 

Proper Oral Hygiene 

You should brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste. Follow this routine up with an antimicrobial mouthwash rinse and flossing once a day. 

Use an Appropriate Toothbrush 

There are special hard filament toothbrushes for smokers. These brushes deep-clean the teeth and remove stains faster. 


Drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water a day to stimulate saliva flow. By preventing a dry mouth, you reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. 

Regular Dental Visits 

Seeing your dentist regularly is the only way to check for hidden sores or lesions in the mouth. Identifying bleeding, lumps, and swelling in time and early treatment can be potentially life-saving.

For a professional assessment of the consequences of smoking on your oral health, schedule your appointment by calling (562) 925-2223. You can also directly visit Samir T. Ayoub Dental Corporation at 16505 Clark Ave, Bellflower, California 90706.

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