Make 2017 the year you turn your smoker’s teeth into a brighter, healthier smile.
Most people know that smoking causes a number of diseases found throughout the body. However, there is one area of the body that doesn’t get as much attention as it should and that is the mouth. When you smoke, your risk of mouth infection is double that of a non-smoker. Of course quitting would be the ideal thing to do, but since quitting is easier said than done… we can at least do something about your smoker’s teeth.
Here are 5 Tips to Help With Smoker’s Teeth:
- Stay On Top Of Dentist Visits
- Brushing & Flossing Twice A Day
- Use A Special Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Eat Smarter
- Use Mouthwash
Stay On Top Of Dentist Visits
Getting a professional cleaning at least twice a year can help stay on top of any cavities, gum disease and/or tooth decay that comes with smoking. Regular dental visits also help with removing stains on teeth from smoking and keeping breath fresh.
Brushing & Flossing Twice A Day
It is important to brush and floss morning and night to rid of any food or plaque on the teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day can also keep teeth looking white and help freshen breath. Make sure to brush for at least two minutes both times.
Use A Special Toothbrush & Toothpaste
In order to tackle those tobacco stains and reach the back gums, smokes should be using a toothbrush with strong and stiff bristles. They should then use toothpaste that is made with stronger chemicals to fight the bacteria that comes with smoking, (There is actually a toothpaste specifically made for smoker’s teeth).
Like smoking, there are some foods that can cause staining and tooth erosion. Coffee, soda, and acidic foods tend to be the worst on teeth and should be consumed sparingly. Foods rich in vitamins, protein, calcium, and fiber are the best for your teeth. Some of the best foods include cheese, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds.
Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash that contains hydrogen peroxide can help whiten teeth and fight off bacteria. This chemical can also maintain gum health which will help prevent gum disease. Make sure to be swishing for a full minute and then rinsing with water after using.
Smoking does more harm than good for your teeth, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be helped. Call Desert Ridge Dental now to get started turning your smoker’s teeth into a brighter smile for 2017.