Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 01:55 pm

Smoking is known to cause cancer and lung disease, however, these are not only health risks you take with every puff

Smoking also jeopardized your oral health and has many negative consequences for your teeth, mouth and gums, and they all start with the first drag of a cigarette.

Smokers gums

You may be taking your gums for granted and neglecting your gum health, but your gums are more important than many people think. Besides holding your teeth in place, healthy gums create a protective seal shielding the sensitive tissue around your teeth from bacteria and infection.
Smoking lowers your bodies immunity to infection while at the same time reducing the oxygen flow around your gums. This makes your gums and teeth vulnerable to infection, and reduces your gums ability to heal themselves.
Smokers gums can become prone to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.

Black hairy tongue

Although a black hairy tongue is described as being ‘harmless’, the frightful appearance of your tongue as a result of this condition is not just alarming but can cause issues and make you more vulnerable to oral infections.
Black hairy tongue is commonly caused by a build-up of bacteria which is more common among smokers, it contributes to bad breath and causes gagging.

Stained teeth

Smokers teeth become stained shortly after they pick up the habit. Years later, many smokers suffer from badly stained teeth.
The staining caused by your teeth absorbing nicotine and becoming discoloured as a result.
While discolouration may be cosmetic, a combination of the other consequences of smoking like increased bacteria, decreased immunity and unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss and increased risks of tooth decay.

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