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What Smoking Does to Teeth

Here's What Smoking Does to Your Teeth

At one time, sleek cigarette advertisements touted the fact that more doctors preferred their brand over other smokes. Athletes, singers, and even babies appeared in tobacco endorsements. While studies released in the 1950s proved that smoking was bad for health, it wasn't until 1964 that the Surgeon General reported that cigarettes were truly hazardous. That led to mandatory warning labels starting in 1965. Still, there are some who take their chances. Find out more about the risks of smoking, particularly on your oral health, when you keep reading.

  • 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.
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zillah zillah 6 years
I smoked for almost 17 years. Every attempt to quit failed. Until hypnotherapy. I went, walked out and never had another smoke. I can be around my smoker friends and not crave....it's insane. You should try it. It's been over a year of not a single craving. I sent at least 4 people to my person and they have all had great results. BUT you have to really want to quit. Good Luck!
sexysexyedo22 sexysexyedo22 6 years
I know exactly how ya feel! It's def. not as cool as I thought it was 5 years ago :P
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 6 years
Ugh I smoke! I'm 29 and have been smoking since I was 16 such a horrible habit I wish I never started :( www.theinfamouslife.com
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Sure! I am so glad you are liking the posts. Quitting is very hard, and I am sending lots of good vibes your way. Thanks for the suggestion, too!
sexysexyedo22 sexysexyedo22 6 years
I, unfortunately, smoke and am very grateful for the information you guys are posting. I have tried numerous times to quit with no success. I am really aware of the absolutely horrible things it is doing to my body, but am still unable to stop smoking! You guys should do another series of posts on how to quit and tips on quitting! Just a suggestion, and thanks again for the helpful articles!
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