While smoking has decreased in popularity in recent years thanks to public awareness campaigns and knowledge being spread, there are still many people who indulge in this less-than-healthy habit. If you are a smoker, you may have noticed some of the negative impacts smoking has had on your oral health. It’s important to stay on top of your oral health for everyone, but smokers in particular need to be extra diligent about how they treat their mouths. For a few tips on maintaining a healthy mouth while smoking, keep reading to gain some new insights!
1. Invest in a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for smokers and ex-smokers.
Using a specially formulated product can help you combat the smell of lingering smoke and tobacco, as well as clear away harmful matter left in your mouth. A toothbrush that is flexible and able to reach all areas of your mouth is going to give you the best chance are a thorough clean. Some companies have specially designed brushes for smokers and ex-smokers that reach every nook and cranny in the mouth, clearing away damaging substances.
2. Utilize mouthwash to help clear away bad breath.
One of the largest oral complaints of smokers is their lingering bad breath. Incorporating a mouthwash into your daily routine can help to keep breath fresh and your mouth healthy. Like toothbrushes and toothpastes, there are some mouthwashes designed specifically for smokers that help combat both smell and stains associated with smoking.
3. Be diligent about brushing and flossing.
While it’s important for everyone to brush twice daily and floss, smokers are even more susceptible to oral issues than non-smokers so it’s crucially important they maintain their hygiene routines. Smoking heightens the risk of tooth loss, gum disease, infection, and discoloration of the teeth and brushing regularly is one of the best ways to combat the harm done by smoking.
4. Be sure to visit the dentist regularly.
Not only does smoking increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, smoking is also a direct cause of oral cancer and other diseases. Because of this, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly to have your oral health evaluated by a professional.
5. Consider breaking your habit.
The negative consequences of smoking are too numerous to count. In addition to having a healthier mouth, more attractive smile, and better breath, quitting your habit will save you money, time, and make you healthier in every aspect of your life. If you’re considering quitting for any reason whatsoever, your dentist can help provide you with resources on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Everyone, both smokers and non-smokers alike, should be regimented in their oral health routine. If you have noticed your regimen slipping lately, or if you would like to talk to your dentist about how you can be better caring for your teeth, do not hesitate to reach out to schedule an appointment!
Give us a call at Caputo Dental in Naperville to schedule your next visit with your dentist today!