Smoking is for chimneys, imaginary dragons and barbecue. If you aren’t any of those things — and we’re pretty sure you’re not — you should reconsider your tobacco-filled habits. From lung cancer to heart disease, lighting up comes with dozens of negative consequences.
Don’t ignore the facts! Remind yourself what extensive tobacco use can do to your smile:
1. Smoker’s breath
Particles from cigarettes build up in the throat and mouth, creating a lingering “stale” smell. Tobacco use also affects the salivary glands, causing dry mouth and preventing saliva from breaking down bad breath culprit bacteria.
2. Teeth stains
Tar and nicotine, 2 major ingredients in cigarettes, stain tooth enamel yellow. Over time, these ingredients build up and form brown stains around the gum line.
3. Unhealthy gums
Tobacco use can recede and weaken gums, increasing temperature sensitivity and leaving teeth susceptible to decay. Smokers are also 4 times more likely to develop gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and other health conditions.
4. Oral cancer
If you find these statistics startling, consider this fact: Eliminating tobacco use can prevent all tobacco-caused cancer! Need help quitting? Contact the Hawaii QuitLine.