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Kissing Goodbye to Smoky Breath

By: Dr. Michael Berglass

Date Posted: February 7, 2023 12:35 pm

Kissing Goodbye to Smoky Breath

Kissing Goodbye to Smoky Breath

The Oral Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), smoking is a significant cause of preventable death worldwide. It is a considerable risk factor for various health issues, including oral health problems. The harmful chemicals in cigarettes can cause severe damage to the teeth and gums, leading to tooth loss, gum disease, and even cancer.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that in 2020, an astounding 12.5% of U.S adults–which amounts to 30.8 million people–smoked cigarettes: 14.1% of men and 11% of women, accounting for billions of dollars each year! This number has increased steadily as the years go by, making it even more critical for people to understand the dangers of smoking and the importance of quitting.

Whether you’re looking to up your kissing game or want to take care of your overall health, keep reading to learn about the oral health benefits of quitting smoking.

The Negative Effects of Smoking on Oral Health

Like a bad house guest, smoking lingers around long after it’s been invited and makes a mess of things. And one of the areas it likes to wreak havoc on is your oral health. From discolored teeth to bad breath, smoking can turn your smile into a nightmare.

One puff at a time, smoking causes all sorts of problems for your mouth and teeth, including:

Discoloration of Teeth: Smoking can leave your pearly whites looking anything but white. It can turn them yellow, brown, and even black. It’s like your teeth have been on a never-ending tea and coffee binge, except without the caffeine buzz. Your once sparkling smile will be a distant memory as your teeth become stained with every puff. And the unsightly buildup of tar can accumulate on your teeth and gums. It’s like a smoker’s badge of honor, but it’s not something to brag about in people.

Increased Risk Of Oral Cancer: Smoking is like playing a game of dental Russian Roulette, and oral cancer is the bullet in the chamber. You increase your chances of developing this potentially deadly disease every time you light up. It’s like smoking is daring your mouth to get sick. And the more you smoke, the greater the risk becomes. It’s like the more you play, the higher the stakes get. Studies backed by the National Cancer Institute have found that people who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as those who don’t.

Gum Disease: Not only does smoking harm your lungs, but it also increases your chances of developing periodontitis, inflammation, and infection in the gums that cause redness, swelling, and tenderness – to name a few. Smoking can severely damage not just your respiratory system but also your oral health. Smoking and gum disease are like two peas in a very unhealthy pod. It’s like smoking is giving your gums the middle finger. And the more you smoke, the graver the situation becomes. It’s like a vicious cycle that only gets worse with time.

Lousy Breath: Smokers are no strangers to bad breath, as tobacco smoke has an unmistakable smell you cannot get rid of quickly. Smoking doesn’t just make your breath smell bad; it makes you smell foul. And what about the stale smell of cigarettes that lingers in your clothes, hair, and other items? It’s like a never-ending fog of bad smells that follows you wherever you go.

Tooth Loss: Lighting up cigarettes can quickly turn your healthy smile into a gruesome display of missing and decaying teeth. It’s like every puff is another room in the house of horrors, but unlike horror films – you don’t get to walk away unscathed in this one. If you wish to regain control over your oral health, it’s time to quit smoking and give yourself a fighting chance at keeping those pearly whites intact!

Long-term Benefits Of Quitting Smoking

Long-term Benefits Of Quitting Smoking

Proclaiming goodbye to smoking has countless extensive health rewards and is one of the most beneficial decisions you can make for yourself! Here are a few of the excellent long-term benefits that come with quitting:

Improved Lung Function: Throwing away your cigarettes can significantly enhance your lung health, giving you easier breaths and lessening the danger of bronchitis and emphysema. You are actively protecting yourself from many respiratory problems by ceasing cigarette smoking.

Lower your risk of developing heart disease: Smoking significantly contributes to heart disease. The good news is that you can lower your chances of suffering from this highly preventable illness by quitting. When you cease smoking, not only will you reduce your risk of coronary artery diseases, but you will also lessen the likelihood of stroke.

Improved Oral Health: Eliminating smoking can safeguard your overall health and boost oral hygiene. Smoking is a severe risk factor for gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer; cutting it out will immensely decrease the chances of all these conditions.

Better Physical Appearance: Quitting smoking can improve the appearance of your skin, teeth, and gums, making you look and feel younger.

Increased Energy and Stamina: If you want to improve your energy and stamina levels, quitting smoking is ideal. You’ll be able to participate in physical activities more efficiently and experience life’s joys like never before!              

Improved Olfactory and Gustatory Acuity: Quitting smoking can improve your sense of smell and taste, making food taste better and allowing you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Longer & Better Quality of Life: This is the best benefit! Quitting smoking can add many years to your life and dramatically improve your overall quality of life.

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How Can Your Dentist Help You?

Your dental professional will help you understand the implications of smoking and address the issues you face. They have far better resources to help you quit, such as nicotine replacement, therapy, and smoking cessation programs.


Your dentist is one of the best people to talk to when you want advice on quitting smoking. They can provide guidance and support while helping you transition from cigarettes to a healthier lifestyle. Talk to your dental professional today, and they will help you identify and treat your oral health issues.

The benefits of giving up smoking far outweigh any risks, so don’t wait any longer – quit today! Quitting will increase your stamina, improve your oral health and enhance the overall quality of your life. An adage says that “it takes courage to make a change,” and quitting smoking is one of those changes you will never regret.

Michael Berglass

Michael Berglass, DDS

Dr. Berglass, a member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dentists' Association, remains updated on dental advancements. His goal is simple and straightforward-Create beautiful and healthy smiles.

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