Tobacco: How is it Bad for your Dental Health?
We are often advised to stay away from tobacco in any form. This is because everyone knows that smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco can have adverse effects on our health. But little that we know, tobacco consumption is also bad for our dental health. Wondering how? Let’s discuss the effects of tobacco on dental health.
Teeth Staining and Yellowing
Nicotine is a colorless chemical in tobacco that reacts with oxygen and turns yellow. When chewing or smoking tobacco, nicotine and tar deposit on the surfaces of the teeth and may seep deeper through the microscopic openings in the tooth enamel. This results in tooth staining or making your teeth appear yellowish.
Tooth Enamel Erosion and Teeth Breakdown
Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco are abrasive in nature. When smoked, chewed, or consumed orally, the nicotine particles mix with the saliva and create an abrasive paste. This paste is responsible for eroding the strong tooth enamel and, in some cases, can eventually wear down the tooth too.
Foul Smell from Mouth
Tobacco smoking and chewing produce foul smells that linger in your mouth for a long time and are very unpleasant for others. Nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco make your mouth a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, and cavities. This way, tobacco consumption becomes the indirect reason for bad breath too. So, one can always expect a foul smell from the mouth of a person who chews or smokes tobacco.
Smoking and chewing tobacco weakens your gum tissues and decreases the ability of your mouth to fight against dental problems and bacteria. Thus, you become more susceptible to developing periodontal diseases. And because healing takes a longer time, periodontal diseases become severe and also lead to other serious dental problems such as bleeding gums, loose tooth, and tooth fall-outs.
Slower Healing of Wounds
Tobacco significantly reduces body’s ability to heal the growth of the blood vessels, and the ability to fight infection. This is the major reason why the wounds in the mouths of smokers take a long time to heal and are more painful. If you have undergone an oral treatment or surgery and you are a smoker, the gum tissues can take a considerable amount of time to heal.
Other Effects of Tobacco:
Loss of sense of taste and flavor
Higher chances of developing dental problems
More exposed to oral cancer
Clearly, the consumption of tobacco in any form is disastrous for your dental health and we understand that it can be tough to quit. No judgement but our goal is to encourage healthy lifestyle. Finding it difficult to give up on tobacco? Talk to our Edmonton expert dentists and know about ways to give-up on this habit.