How Does Smoking Damage Your Teeth – Put an End to Smoking Damage Forever

Smoking negatively affects your general as well as oral health. It can not only cause lung damage or cancer but also affect your teeth and gums. Smoking effects on teeth may be more harmful than you can imagine. Also, frequent smoking can damage your teeth in such a way that most dental treatments may not work, which could further exacerbate the issue.

A] Different Ways Smoking Damages Your Teeth

1. Tooth Discolouration

Smoking stains the enamel of your teeth making them brittle over time. Once you start smoking, it does not take long for your teeth to turn yellow. However, tooth discolouration or yellow teeth is not the only problem. Your gums are also affected due to repeated exposure to nicotine. Depending on the severity of stains, the dentist will suggest different teeth whitening treatments and one or two sessions can make a difference.

2. Bad Breath

Smoking leads to bad breath, which is a social embarrassment. The nicotine smell can linger in your mouth for a long time and lead to a dry mouth that can cause halitosis. Heavy nicotine intake can also lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and it increases the risk of oral cancer.

Further reading: What Causes Bad Breath

3. Increased Loss of Bone Within the Jaw

Jawbone allows you to speak and chew properly while providing a definite structure to your face. Excessive smoking can cause the jawbone to recede and lose its density over time which can lead to tooth loss. Bone loss within the jaw affects many aspects of oral health and can lead to added complications. Apart from the loss of bone, smoking can lead to tissue loss in the jaw and many people are not even aware of this condition until it shows up in an X-ray.

4. Inflammation of the Salivary Gland

Regular smoking can cause inflammation of the salivary glands leading to increased plaque build-up and dry mouth conditions. It causes mouth odour due to insufficient saliva production. Apart from swelling, you’ll experience pain in the jaw or a painful lump under the tongue. The pain might increase when you eat something. Visit the dentist at the earliest if the pain is persistent and he’ll recommend a treatment based on your condition.

5. Delayed Healing Process After Tooth Extraction

As smoking reduces the oxygen level in the blood, it may affect the healing process. For many, healing may be difficult after tooth extraction or oral surgery. Smoking also tends to suppress the host’s immune response affecting the healing function that defends against infection. Smoking and delayed healing after a tooth extraction is common, so to improve recovery, you need to quit smoking.

6. Build-up of Tartar and Plaque

The chemicals in a cigarette affect the saliva flow in the mouth, making it easier for oral bacteria to stick to gums and teeth. This increases the build-up of plaque and tartar – two main causes of tooth decay and gum diseases. The tartar on the teeth also leads to periodontal gum disease.

7. Risk of Developing Oral Cancer

Smokers are seven times more at risk of developing oral cancer than non-smokers. The chemicals in tobacco can cause genetic changes in cells of the mouth cavity, which can lead to the development of oral cancer. Not only oral, but cigarettes also cause 90% of lung cancers in the world. To minimise the risk, quit smoking which will also promote good oral hygiene and gum health.

8. Lower Success Rate of Dental Implants

Tobacco hurts the outcome of most treatments including dental implants. The failure rate of implants in smokers is high compared to non-smokers. They also suffer from the problem of marginal bone loss or peri implants. To maximize the success rate of dental implants, a dentist may ask you to stop smoking for at least one week before the process. It is also recommended to quit smoking for two months after the implant to increase the success rate.

9. Risk of White Patches in the Mouth Increases

Smoking increases the risk of white patches in the mouth. In some cases, it’s also an early sign of oral cancer. Avoiding tobacco can help reduce white patches. White patches may appear on the tongue or at bottom of the mouth and persistent smoking can cause grey patches for some. White patches are generally non-cancerous, but sometimes they can be cancerous. If you notice white patches in the mouth, then consult with your dentist immediately.

10. Gum Diseases and Black Gums

With habitual smoking comes the risk of plaque that may cause gum diseases or black gums. The increased plaque loosens the soft tissue and the jawbone attachment to the teeth allowing plaque and bacteria to spread down to the roots. Once the infection spreads, it can also harm your general health.

11. Interferes With Blood Circulation

Smoking affects blood flow through arteries in two ways. Nicotine – an addictive chemical in cigarettes – causes your blood vessels to constrict, thereby limiting the amount of blood they carry and losing their flexibility. This makes the heart work harder, which leads to higher blood pressure. Smoking also harms the veins with artery-clogging plaques that weaken the cell layers on the inner side of the blood vessels, which increases the risk of heart attacks in most cases.

B] Ways to Quit Smoking

1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine is a habit-forming substance that makes it difficult for most people to quit cigarettes. Nicotine replacement therapy can help with the severe withdrawal symptoms & cravings and most people were able to quit tobacco with NRT therapy. However, note that smoking while undergoing NRT therapy can harm your body. So, it’s important to understand how this therapy works before you commit to it.

2. Lean on Family and Friends

The journey to quit smoking is tough as dealing with cravings are hard. Here, leaning on your loved ones can make the process a tad better. Talk to them and speak out your apprehensions. Or take up a creative hobby (painting, dancing) with your friends.

3. Divert Your Mind

To keep your hands off the cigarette pack, you must divert your mind; so indulge in things that you love. If you love music, go for music therapy or learn to play a musical instrument. If you love cooking, make your favourite dishes. Whenever you feel the need to smoke, divert your mind to deal with cravings. Talk to your physician to know about the different ways you can quit smoking to lead a healthy life.

4. Don’t Give Up

Life is all about trying till you succeed. It is not easy to quit smoking, certainly not if you are a chain smoker. But, you need to have a strong will. Even if you don’t succeed at first, you’ll overcome the habit one day by being persistent.

5. Speak to Your Doctor/GP

Many people are not aware that there are medications available, which can help you quit smoking. So, speak to your doctor/GP who’ll prescribe the required medications.

Final Words,

Smoking causes many dental and health issues including stained teeth, weakened immune system, tooth loss, mouth ulcers, and oral cancer. Consultation with your dentist is essential in your journey to quit smoking as they will provide proper guidance.

FAQs

  • What is the process to clean my gums from smoking?

Regularly brush, floss and use a mouthwash. There are DIY tartar solutions you can use for prevention and clean between your teeth using different teeth cleaning techniques. Also, gently brush your gums to keep them clean.

  •  How do you get rid of smoker’s gums?

In addition to flossing and brushing, opt for professional teeth cleaning. Your dentist may also suggest some deep cleaning tricks below the gum line. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove tartar and plaque.

  • Can I protect my teeth while smoking?

Increase your fluid intake and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Chew sugarless gum or peppermint. Regular flossing and brushing are a must, plus make regular visits to the dentist for a cleaning session.

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Minyama QLD 4575, Australia

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela is a new addition to our practice. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela is also currently studying to become a trained dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.