Smoking is the most universal bad dental health habit. Each day more than 3000 kids, and each year over a million kids are getting into the habit of chain smoking. Nearly one third will have a premature death owing to the contraction of some diseases related to tobacco. Nearly 30% of the total population either chews tobacco or is in a habit of smoking. Such deadly addiction is responsible for killing over 4, 00,000 Americans each year. The stats confirm that over 90% of the regular smokers had started using tobacco prior to reaching 18 years of age. Each hour, in the US, one person dies of oral cancer.


Dental specialists are repeatedly informing the people of the hazards of chewing tobacco and smoking for our overall and oral health.  

Smoking poses serious problems for our oral health. Neglecting adequate oral care will certainly lead to a myriad of dental diseases.

What are the Consequences of Smoking

1.   Smoking habit results in the loss of an average of 14 years from the like of the smokers.

2.   4700 different harmful chemicals enter your body with each single puff.

3.   Sticky deposits of tar are responsible for the yellowing of the teeth. It can also result in brown stains.

4.   It also results in the yellowing of the finger nails.

 5.   Bad breath.  

6.   Passive smoking proves harmful for the people around us.

7.   Smoker’s palate. (Inflammation of your mouth’s roof)

8.   Likeliness to have deposits of calculus and plaque and that can only be removed by professional cleaning.

9.   Tobacco chewing limits the blood supply to the gum tissues. This way, necessary nutrients are unable to reach the bone or teeth’s periodontal support.

10.   Increased risk of gum recession. Heightened chances of gum disease leading to loss of teeth.   

11.   The rate of tooth loss for male smokers: 2.9 teeth every 10 years.  

12.   The rate of tooth loss for female smokers: 1.5 teeth every 10 years.    (Two times the rate of tooth loss in non smokers)

13.   Smoking causes a delay in the healing process after the dental treatment. It leads to condition - dry socket – after undergoing oral surgery. 

14.   Black hairy tongue.

15.   Oral lesions.   

16.   Oral cancer of the pharynx, mouth, esophagus, and larynx.  (Smoking alone is responsible for causing 75% of the oral cancers. The location of the oral cancer is determined by the tobacco product consumed).

17.   It is highly recommended to quit smoking before and after undergoing periodontal therapy, cosmetic dentistry, bleaching, or even oral surgery.

18.   Using smokeless tobacco results in early onset of periodontitis – a gum disease – along with accentuated chances of contracting oral cancer.

19.   Loss of taste.

20.   There is a reported lowered success rate for periodontal treatment or the dental implants owing to prolonged use of tobacco.

21.   There is a reduced supply of nutrients and oxygen to the gingival tissues. 


All the above problems bring forth the fact that smoking results in several problems related to oral health.

What Can Be Done To Prevent These Problems

1.   The foremost step for reducing the problems is to Stop Smoking and Tobacco Chewing. But a smoker has to face a large number of challenges while deciding to quit smoking.  The challenge lies in both physical and emotional dependency caused by the nicotine in cigarettes.

       a) Withdrawing from the use of cigarettes can result in nausea, headaches,  tremors, or even cold sweats.  

       b) The emotional withdrawal may include depression, irritability, nervousness, fatigue and a lack of concentration.
Understanding the challenges involved when a person plans to quit smoking, health care communities have come up with various solutions for the smokers, planning to quit this habit. This includes using some medications such as Xyban Plus Patches Plus Gum. This combination has by far proved to be most effective for smoking cessation.

On an average, a person gets into the habit of smoking 6 times a day, before getting into a complete quitting situation. But the success rate multiplies with the passing of each day.    

2.   Regular dental check ups, once every 3 months must be performed for examining any traces of ORAL CANCER. This must also involve a professional cleaning.

3.   Use ultrasonic toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day, particularly in that area where tobacco is chewed. It is also essential to brush your teeth before getting to bed. Minimum 2-5 minutes must be devoted to brushing the teeth. Gumline must be thoroughly cleaned. You can consider using a timer as generally people brush for just 20 seconds.

4.   Use Floss every day. You can try automatic flosser by Waterpik, in case you are not using the floss regularly.

5.    Alcohol free mouthwash must be used that also has some antibacterial agent such as BreathRX.

6.   Perform a self evaluation for checking the traces of oral cancer:

    a)    Keep a check for all such sores developing on neck, face, or mouth that fail to heal within a period of 2 weeks.
     b)   Mouth bleeding at regular intervals.
     c)   Red, White, or any other dark patches developed in the mouth.
     d)   Keep checks for any swellings, bumps, or lumps developing on the gums, lips, or any other area in the mouth.
     e)   Pain, Numbness, or loss of sensation experienced in any region inside the mouth.
    F)  If you find any unusual thing in the tongue or the floor of the mouth, you must immediately get in touch with a dentist

How Can Smokers Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Primarily, you need to know the ways in which smoking can result in bad breath? Mouth gets dry due to smoke. The regular flow of saliva is stopped from cleansing the teeth. Bacteria grow in a dry mouth and will result in a bad odor.

Smoking also results in raising the mouth temperature, thus damaging the oral tissue cells. This facilitates a free movement of bacteria in the mouth, as the saliva meant for protecting the mouth is absent.  

Quitting smoking is the best and the only way to get rid of this problem.

Regularly brushing the teeth is another way to get rid of the problem of bad breath.

Regularly using a mouthwash is also recommended to rinse off the harmful chemicals transferred into the mouth.

Another method will be to use a Chewing Gum, with a strongflavor.

A smoke screen gum can also be used for refreshing the bad breath. It is an expensive solution with another disadvantage that the bad breath will recur after smoking another cigarette.

Why Do Teeth Get Stained


Smoking produces some harmful chemical that start depositing on the enamel of the teeth. Whitening pastes can help to reduce this deposition. But, this being a very resilient layer depositing on the teeth, the enamel begins to get stained.

How to Remove These Stains

1.   The primary step is to quit smoking.

2.   Adequate brushing also provides some relief.

3.   The stains can be effectively removed using tooth-paint and the mouthwash.

4.   Extreme situations will require professional services for teeth whitening. This is the only solution for restoring the teeth. But, certain home remedies can also prove helpful in whitening your teeth. You can even use various teeth whitening products at home. But very few products are as effective as the home bleaching.

Whitening lights is the most advanced technology that makes use of the techno logy of bright light. When used along with the bleaching kits, the whitening results are accentuated.   

How Does a Whitening Kit Works

Teeth whiteners mostly rely on Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide. These chemicals are used in bleaching the hair. During an oral use, Carbamide Peroxide gets broken down into Urea and Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide is the actual whitening agent.

Lip Care for Smokers


Smoking results in dark lips that can be easily noticed. You must follow some tips to regain the beauty of your lips.

1.   Smoking is a case of addiction and habit. You must reduce smoking if you find unable to stop it.

2.   A minimum of 8 glasses of water must be drunk daily to remove the toxins from the body.

3.   A regular application of lip balm will moisten the lips.

4.   Butter application at night also helps to moisten the lips.  

5.   Applying lemon juice, once a week, lightens the shade of the lips as it carries bleaching property.

6.   Vitamin C and E rich diet is apt for renewing the tissue that was damaged owing to smoking.

7.   Eating strawberry is also a good remedy for chain smokers as it helps to lighten the shade of the lips.

8.   Honey - a natural moisturizer- also proves beneficial. Honey can be mixed with baking soda - a natural bleaching agent – and the mixture must be applied to exfoliate the lips. It must be done once every 7-10 days.

9.   Use lip gloss for lightening dark lips.

10.   Your lip balm must always include an SPF.

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