In general smoking cigarettes and tobacco is dangerous to your overall health. People who smoke have a greater risk of developing harmful effects which can directly impact your oral health such as: Gum disease (periodontal), Oral Cancer, Stained teeth, Bad breath, Leukoplakia, Bone loss in jaw, increased tartar/plaque and complications or infections after tooth extraction and oral surgery as a result of impaired healing.
There are some ways for the smokers which can be done in order to reduce Oral health problems for instance:
- Brush twice a day using toothpaste containing fluoride, don’t forget to also clean and brush your tongue.
- Use dental floss to clean in-between your teeth once a day
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth
- Limit alcohol intake
- Quit smoking, is the best way in order to prevent oral health problems. Quitting smoking is not easy therefore seek medical advice and work with your doctor to plan your treatment properly.
- If you cannot quit, gradually try to decrease the number of cigarettes you are smoking.
- Visit your dentist regularly for dental cleaning maintenance and check-up.