How Smoking Can Affect Your Smile

A smile is an expression of happiness and one you should be proud to show off. However, challenges such as bad breath, stained teeth, and other gum problems can ruin your smile. For smokers, these problems can quickly become worse, and could make you want to hide your smile. Your oral health is something you should take good care of to maintain a healthy smile!

However, do not let this discourage you from showing off your smile this summer! At Scarborough Dental, we offer several cosmetic dentistry procedures to choose from. With the help of Dr. Christine Caulford and Dr. Riken Patel, our team at Scarborough Dental are dedicated to helping you achieve the beautiful summer smile you desire with our cosmetic dentistry procedures! 

There are a few ways smoking can affect your smile that our team wanted to share. According to the Canadian Dental Association, tobacco can cause gum recession leading to gum disease, bad breath, and teeth staining. 

Stained Teeth

Smoking tobacco affects the colour and appearance of your mouth. Heavy and long-term smoking can cause brown-stained teeth, while short-term smoking can cause yellow-stained teeth. If you’re trying to reverse teeth discolouration, Scarborough Dental Office offers hygienic and safe teeth whitening with the help of Dr. Christine Caulford and Dr. Riken Patel. Our team offers cosmetic teeth whitening using Carbamide peroxide, which is one of the best teeth whitening chemicals to give you a pearly, white smile.

Gum Disease

Smoking is a major cause of gum disease. It causes production of bacterial plaque which can cause damage to your gums. If left untreated, gum disease can cause oral health complications, such as severe pain and tooth loss. If you spot symptoms such as red or swollen gums, tender gums, painful chewing, or loose and sensitive teeth, talk to your Scarborough Dentist about treatment options for gum disease. You can also restore your smile by maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine that includes brushing for two minutes twice daily, and flossing once daily, 

Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a sign of oral hygiene problems caused by smoking. Nicotine from smoking can hinder the mouth from producing saliva, which exposes it to harmful bacteria leading to tooth decay. If bad breath is making you self-conscious and keeping you from having a beautiful smile, then it’s time to visit our office.

We Can Help!

At Scarborough Dental Office, we provide preventative care, fluoride treatment, dental sealants, and other cutting edge treatments to keep you happy with your smile. Our staff would be happy to discuss any of the services we provide! Contact us today to book your appointment!