Smoking– 5 reasons why we are against it We all know smoking is bad for you. We’ve all had that hammered into our heads time and time again. However, do you know the specifics? Here are 5 good reasons to kick the habit or never pick it up.
- Stains teeth
Have you noticed how that a person that smokes often has yellow teeth? Or those dark spots or lines around the front of their teeth– often noted in heavier smokers? The nicotine and tar in tobacco leave deposits on the teeth during the inhalation process of smoking. Nicotine alone is colourless, however when combined with oxygen it turns yellow or brown. Therefore, even electronic cigarettes can stain your teeth
2.Gives you bad breath Hence the term ‘smokers breath’. The smell of a smoked cigarette can linger in the lungs and remain for hours. Even beyond this effect, smoking can cause halitosis in a longer-term way. That’s because it dries the saliva in your mouth which encourages the growth of bacteria that contribute to bad breath.
- Increases risk of oral cancer
We’re all aware that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer but did you know it increases your chances 10 fold of developing cancer of the mouth? That’s because that some of the chemicals found in tobacco are carcinogenic. Tobacco use increases the risk of oral cancer by exposing the mouth to these carcinogenic chemicals.
- Increases risk of gum disease (periodontal disease)
Smokers have a higher risk of developing gum disease and, if you do have it, it is likely to be more severe and harder to treat than for non-smokers. The more you smoke and the longer you are a smoker, the higher your risk of gum disease becomes. Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing are a common symptom of gingivitis but, because nicotine restricts the blood flow to the gums, smokers may not experience this early warning sign of gum disease.
- Increases time it takes to heal from surgeries of the mouth or wounds
Smoking weakens your body’s ability to fight off infection, making it harder to combat gum infection. Once your gums are damaged, smoking makes it more difficult for them to heal. That’s because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches the mouth, by narrowing the blood vessels (vasoconstriction) responsible for carrying blood and oxygen.