7 things smoking is doing to your mouth

Most people are already aware that smoking is bad for our health. But does the general population know all the detrimental effects that may follow chronic smoking habits? An estimated 96,000 people die from smoking related disease in the UK per year. Bellow are seven problems that you may not know smoking causes:


Yellow teeth

The nicotine and tar in tobacco may cause your teeth to yellow over time. Heavy smokers complain of teeth going almost brown after some time.

Gum disease and tooth loss

Smoking affects how your teeth connect to your gums and bone in your jaw, meaning smokers are more likely to suffer from gum disease. It severely affects the tissue in the gums which make them far more vulnerable to infection. It can also lead to bone loss in the jaw and disintegrates the bone that holds your teeth in place, when weakened this leads to a hugely increased chance of tooth loss.

Bacterial growth

Smoking results in an increased build-up of bacteria, or plaque, on the teeth which can lead to decay and cavities. Plaque caused by smoking can also affect tissues supporting the roots of the teeth beneath the gum and weakens the bone supporting the tooth.

Scaly teeth

When plaque stays on the teeth for a long time due to not cleaning your teeth properly it hardens into a scaly like substance called tartar. Smokers are more likely to suffer from tartar which often leads to receding gums and gum disease.

Mouth cancer

There are thousands of chemicals contained in every single cigarette, we all know smoking causes cancer but have you ever thought about how when smoking they all enter the body through the mouth. Smoking transforms saliva into a deadly cocktail that damages cells in the mouth and can turn them cancerous. Smoking causes roughly two in every three mouth cancer cases.

Smelly breath

‘Smokers breath’ is often one of the first problems you develop when smoking. Cigarettes leave smoke particles lingering in the mouth, throat and lungs long after you have finished your cigarette.

Spotty mouth

Smoking often causes a white or grey patch to develop on the tongue, cheek, or the floor of the mouth, known as leukoplakia. This happens due to the constant irritation of the soft tissues inside the mouth due to smoking.


The best way to but a stop to any of these problems is to kick the habit and try to quit smoking today. If you are a smoker you should also follow the three basic rule of good oral health.

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at one other time of the day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Credit: Dentalhealth.org


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