This Sunday is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) and each year, this very important day is dedicated to highlighting the risks tied to tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
We’re all aware of the more common negative health issues caused by smoking but have you ever considered what it does to your teeth? And we’re not just talking about your teeth going yellow here. It’s a lot more serious as you’ll read below.
Did you know?
Smoking actually tends to disguise the damage that’s taking place to both the teeth and gums. Usually, infected gums are red, puffy and bleed easily when they are brushed. When it comes to smokers, their gums tend to be quite different because they’re pale, thin and don’t bleed readily.
Worst of all: According to healthyteeth.org, smoking or using smokeless ‘chewing’ tobacco can make you four times more likely of developing oral cancer.
Here’s a running list of other health issues linked to tobacco:
Slow healing of mouth sores
Decreased sense of smell and taste
Oh, and that’s all on top of bad breath, tooth discoloration and an increased build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth.
We’ve really only skimmed over the range of dental health problems caused by smoking. In a nutshell, smoking is bad news for your health.
Of course, if you are a smoker, quitting is your best option but as always, if you’d like to chat more to a dentist, feel free to make an appointment. We’re just a quick phone call away: 1300 549 750.