As well as being linked to oral cancer, smoking can lead to issues such as gum disease and tooth loss. You should seek advice from your dentist on quitting smoking to better protect your teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:

  • Increased amounts of plaque plus the affect on the immune system from smoking can lead to gum disease.
  • As smoking can result in severe gum disease it also increases the risk from tooth loss.
  • Substances in tobacco products, such as nicotine and tar, can stain teeth yellow and even brown over time.

“Not only can smoking lead to more plaque, which can build up around your gum tissue and cause an infection, but it impacts your body’s immune system. As a result, it’s not as easy for your body to fight the bacteria involved in gum disease.”

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