People are aware of the dangerous effects tobacco and cigarettes have on the body. For every person, these effects manifest in different ways and can affect different things. Most people associate smoking with lung problems and do not consider any other health problems that may arise from smoking.

Smoking is dangerous not just for your mouth

Today may people receive braces to improve their oral health. But braces are a big responsibility, and this means more than dental visits and cleaning. If a person is smoking while wearing braces, they will only damage their oral health even further and are at risk of permanently staining their teeth (even when the appliances is removed).

Smoking reduces the mouth’s ability to fight tooth decay because it lowers the quantity of saliva produced in the mouth. Saliva contains beneficial substances that fight the acid in the mouth, thus reducing the plaque generated from the bacteria. The smoke that enters your mouth is also full of toxins that stick to the plaque on your teeth. In time, this will lead to yellow or brown teeth.
Smoking cigarettes can cause significant damage to the gums and the bone. The plaque will push the gums, leaving the roots vulnerable to bacteria, smoke and toxins. That is why people who smoke are at more risk to suffer from periodontal disease than those who don’t. Smoking while wearing braces will add to these concerns. If you really want to have a healthy mouth and a future bright smile, you need to consider giving up this habit.

Quitting is beneficial to your whole body

If you are willing to quit tobacco and cigarettes when you receive your orthodontic appliances, you will notice a high number of heath benefits that reduce the risk of oral health issues associated with smoking.

Make a commitment to yourself to straighten your teeth in a proper manner and restrain yourself from smoking. Much of the damage smokings causes to your mouth is reversible if you abstain from smoking completely. Even if it is for a few months, you will realize that the overall lung function is increased and that you have reduced the number of oral health problem (gum disease, cavities and more). A smoke-free life for at least five years reduces the risk of cancer in the mouth, which is a major concern for smokers.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of quitting smoking, you can ask your dentist and orthodontist. You can also ask them about methods of quitting and what products you can use to help kick this habit.