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What Happens to Smokers' Teeth?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dr. Poovey
What Happens to Smokers' Teeth?Most people know that smoking is bad for the lungs. But no one talks about its impact on oral health. Smokers expose their teeth to both nicotine and tobacco, which results in stained, yellow, or brown teeth, and bad breath. Smoking also damages your taste receptors, leading to potential appetite loss and food anxiety.

At JP Dental & Implant Center, Dr. John P. Poovey and Dr. Wilcoxdiscourage smoking and can help patients with smoking-related oral conditions.

How Smoking Damages Your Teeth and Gums

Gum disease is an infection that causes irritation, swelling, and inflammation in the gum line due to tartar and bacteria accumulation. Smokers tend to have more tartar on their teeth than nonsmokers, which increases bacteria activity and teeth wear down. The nicotine in saliva also reduces saliva production, making it easier for the bacteria to act on teeth and gums.

How to Remove Smoking Stains from Teeth

The best way to remove smoking stains is by quitting smoking and maintaining good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing multiple times every day can improve your teeth' appearance and reduce staining. You can also purchase anti-discoloration toothpaste that fights smoking teeth stains. Home remedies include brushing with baking soda, activated charcoal, coconut oil, turmeric, and hydrogen peroxide solution.

You can also buy over-the-counter teeth whitening products. But remember, these products do not clean your teeth, so they're not a substitute for brushing and flossing. Depending on the severity of your smoking stains, you may also require regular professional teeth whitening treatments, especially if you continue smoking.

To combat smoker's breath, you can use several methods such as chewing sugarless gum or sucking on a mint, cut back on smoking, using mouthwash, and through regular plaque and tartar removal.

At JP Dental & Implant Center, Dr. John P. Poovey or Dr. Wilcox can professionally remove smoking stains from your teeth. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (970) 243-2025 today.


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Grand Junction, CO 81505-1259


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