Smoking and Its Effect in Your Smile

June 15, 2012 — by Stephen Lipman
Tags: Tooth Discoloration Bad Breath

Smoking is bad for your lungs and your general well-being, but it can also have negative effects on your smile. So apart from the cost to your overall health and the price of a pack of cigarettes these days, this just gives you another reason to quit. With that in mind, however, our dental care team would like to take a quick moment to discuss how specifically smoking will harm your smile. If you have a dental problem that needs to be looked at, speak to a Windsor, CT cosmetic dentist at our office.

One of the most noticeable ways that smoking affects your smile is cosmetic. Smokers will develop stains on their teeth due to the smoke, which can sometimes be quite severe. Tooth discoloration will form over time, so it’s best that you quit smoking sooner rather than later to limit the staining to your teeth. Issues with tooth discoloration can be addressed using Windsor, CT teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

On top of the cosmetic effects on your smile, smoking can also cause bad breath (halitosis). If you’re a smoker or know smokers, you know just how bad your breath can get as a result of smoking. Since smoking dries out your mouth and dry mouth can make bad breath worse, this maybe provides some perspective on just how bad that can get.

Dry mouth doesn’t only make bad breath worse, though. Dry mouth can also cause tooth decay and gum disease to get worse. This can result in an increased rate of cavity formation, tooth loss, gum recession, and other serious problems.

And of course, smoking causes cancer. This doesn’t just mean lung cancer either. Smokers have an increased risk of developing different kinds of oral cancers as well.

There are plenty of ways for you to improve the health and appearance of your smile even after years of smoothing. To learn more about the many aesthetic and restorative treatments that we offers, please take a moment to contact our Windsor, CT cosmetic dentist today. We look forward to discussing these matters with you further during a consultation.