- The facts: According to the American Cancer Society, smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers. Besides causing bad breath and staining teeth yellow, cigarette smoking can also lead to a whole slew of dental problems.
- Poor healing: Since smoking interferes with the normal functioning of gum tissue, this can leave smokers more susceptible to infections like periodontal disease and mouth sores. Similarly, smokers experience longer healing time after surgery or illnesses.
- More on gum disease: Countless studies prove the link between smoking and gum disease. Smoking brings about plaque buildup, which leads to gum disease, and advanced gum disease can lead to bone and teeth loss. The last time I checked, the toothless look wasn't so hot.
- And on a cosmetic note: Puffing away leaves tar deposits on the teeth, which cause yellowing and brown stains.