It’s no secret that smoking is a love-hate relationship for most smokers. It’s why some choose natural tobacco or even vaping. Or cigars, like me. Yet as every smoker also knows, smoking can have serious effects on your body, especially your oral health, which, apart from yellow teeth and bad breath, many people don’t think much about. Mouth cancer always seems remote, even though every cigarette brings you statistically closer every time you smoke. Over time, tobacco causes a wide range of health effects that include aesthetic problems, uncomfortable sensitivities, immunity system issues, and some irreversible problems such as bone loss and mouth cancer. The list includes:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Discoloured teeth
- Inflamed salivary glands
- Increased plaque and tartar buildup
- Decreased circulation
- Loss of tissue and bone in the mouth
- Increased risk gum disease
- Delayed healing process after oral surgery or extractions
- Increased risk of cancers
- Benign growths
- Increased tooth sensitivity
Tobacco products actually interrupt gum tissue cell growth and blood circulation, which affects the connection of bone and soft tissue to your teeth (teeth are connected to the jaw by ligaments), healing, and susceptibility to infections. Healing, if it happens, happens much more slowly through inhibition.
One simple yet important way to manage the effects of tobacco is to consistently pay attention to any changes you might notice in your mouth. If you smoke (and even if you don’t), regularly look under and around your tongue for discolouration or growths and be very aware of any changes you feel. If you notice any changes, visit your dentist. Prevention is at least ¾ of minimizing your risks.
Maintaining a consistent oral health routine is easy and essential in minimizing oral health risks caused by smoking. All it takes is to commit to brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, drinking enough water, rinsing, and monitoring your oral health. Stay away from mouthwashes and rinses that have alcohol, sugar and aspartame. Using a dentist-developed mouthrinse, like Nicorinse, both before and after smoking, will help keep your mouth healthy and minimize the negative effects of tobacco and the over 20 carcinogenic chemicals you can find in cigarettes.
If you love a cigarette, or a cigar like I do, I think you’re also going to love the peace of mind that comes from making Nicorinse part of your daily mouth health regiment.