Smoking regularly for a long period of time can lead to what is known as ‘smoker’s teeth’. This is the discolouration of the teeth, often leaving them with a brown or yellow tinge. The extent of the damage caused to the teeth from smoking depends entirely on how much, and how often, a person smokes.
Years of smoking can lead to severely stained teeth, as well as a high risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Smokers are in fact, twice as likely to develop periodontal disease, according to the previous studies conducted. However, there are methods to improve your oral health, which we will explore within this article.
Of course, the best and most clear course to improving your overall oral health is to stop the cigarettes altogether. Whilst this may seem an impossible task to those who have been committed smokers for years, there is help available for quitters, such as nicotine patches, e cigarettes and consulting your doctor for medical advice. Having a plan to quit can be really helpful.
The benefits of stopping smoking are endless, and through cutting down a little each time, the process will become much easier to complete. Through giving yourself the right environment and time scale to quit smoking with, you can stop smoking and your teeth and body will feel the benefits for it.
If your mouth has not received too much damage from smoking, and your main concern is reversing the stain caused from it, a good option to consider is teeth whitening. This depends on how badly the teeth are stained, as the teeth whitening products that remove a ‘yellow smile’ only work on the exterior layer of your teeth.
It is best to discuss any whitening products or procedures with your dentist before going forward, as they can recommend the best option for you, the time needed to whiten your teeth and when you will start noticing a difference to the colour of your teeth.
Keep on top of your oral hygiene
Starting a consistent and well-maintained oral hygiene routine is the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. After getting into a routine of taking good care of your teeth through brushing twice daily, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, you will notice a vast improvement in your smile. Brushing also extends the effects of any whitening product used, so it is really important to keep this routine ongoing if you want to see an improvement in your teeth.
If you are looking for a whiter smile, why not contact Malvern dentists today, to see how we can help you!