How Smoking Destroys Your Oral Health

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quitsmokingA single cigarette consists of roughly 7000 chemicals. Approximately 250 of these 7000 chemicals are definitively proven to be dangerous to the overall health and well-being of the human body. Amongst the most prominent of these chemical hazards are the 69 cancer-causing substances found in cigarettes — technically referred to as carcinogens.

While the dangers associated with cigarette smoking have been linked to various systemic illnesses and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and emphysema; not too many people actually consider the implications of smoking on oral health. Chronic consumption of tobacco products affects the mouth just as much as it affects the other regions of the body. This is not surprising since the mouth serves as the initial point of contact between the body and a lit cigarette.

Consequences Of Smoking on Your Oral Health

Growing bodies of study report that smokers and consumers of chewing tobacco are at a significantly higher risk of suffering from a wide range of unwanted dental and periodontal anomalies. For instance, chronic smoking is known to be the leading cause of halitosis, or bad breath. This is only a minor issue however, when compared to the much more serious potential consequences.

Nicotine and tar build-up that result from chronic tobacco consumption ruin the salivary glands. This typically results to xerostomia or dry mouth. Xerostomia makes the mouth more susceptible to bad breath causing agents such as dental plaque and tartar build-up, which are also leading culprits for tooth decay, dental discolouration, and gum disease.

Need More Convincing? Ask Your Local Dentist

Kicking the habit as soon as possible best increases your chances of keeping your teeth and gums in pristine condition. For a comprehensive assessment of your oral health status, visit your local Dentist In Boronia, near Ferntree Gully at Chandler Road Family Dental Clinic. We can give you a full review of the potential damage smoking may have already caused, and give you solutions as to how you can rectify these health issues.

Apart from designing a smoking cessation program and extensive dental treatment program that goes with it, the team here at Chandler Road Family Dental provides the community in Knox with an extensive list of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments. Our team of dental experts who are dedicated to crafting highly personalized treatments that attend to the specific needs of our patients. If you are with a Private Health Fund or CBHS, our practice provides you with NO GAP preventative treatments. Contact us at (03) 9762 0661 or simply book an appointment online. Come and see us today, before it’s too late!

Dr. Dorairajan Kulandaivel (dentist)

About the Author:

Melbourne Dentist Dr. Dorai Kulandaivel has been practicing as a general dental practitioner since 2004. He has a gentle, caring approach to dental treatment and a wealth of experience. Due to this he is able to offer application of all dental procedures in the one place, at your local dentist clinic - Chandler Road Family Dental.


  1. Dentist Cranbourne  September 23, 2015

    Very useful post. I very well know how smoking can destroy your teeth as I have been treating patients who have been smoking for long time.


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