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Protect your teeth from the effects of nicotine

Apr 18, 2017

Cigarette contains nicotine and tobacco that have negative effects on your teeth. However, it’s also understandable that smokers find it very hard to get rid of this habit. Here are a few tips to help you reduce the side effects of nicotine and tobacco on your teeth.

Brush your teeth more often than usual

Make sure you brush as often as you can, preferably every time you’re done with a smoke. It also works on your psyche, subconsciously helping you reduce the number of times you smoke per day.

Rinse your mouth

After smoking, the simplest alternative is to rinse your mouth with fresh and pure water. Also, avoid extremely hot or cold water.

Use a smoker’s toothpaste

This is specially formulated toothpaste that contains a high level of abrasive substances, helping you get rid of accumulated tar and chemicals in your teeth. But be careful not to brush too vigorously as these abrasives can harm the enamel of your teeth.

Use an anti-tar mouthwash

If you’re not a person who fancies excessive toothpaste usage, opt for an anti-tar mouthwash that’ll help you quickly rinse off unwanted chemicals from your mouth.

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

This highly effective combination will give you quick results. Brush your teeth with this combination and it’ll help you get rid of the ugly stains on your teeth. However, this mixture is highly abrasive, and it’s recommended that you use it rarely. Regular usage can lead to the loss of your tooth enamel.

Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products

While their efficacy can’t be guaranteed, there’s no major harm in trying out various over-the-counter whitening products.Whitening products come in different forms such as chewing gum, whitening powder, and toothpaste.

Natural substances

If you’re not the kind of person that likes to experiment with chemical-based products, you can opt for home remedies. Natural household ingredients can work wonders for your oral health. They include banana peels, strawberries, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. No, we’re not joking! Rubbing the insides of a banana peel onto your teeth and gums can work wonders. It’s the enzymes and minerals present in the peels that help improve the mineral balance of your teeth.

Teeth whitening

You can also opt for a professional teeth whitening procedure at your local dentist. It’s an expensive affair. For longer lasting results, it’s important that you quit smoking. Bear in mind that after the teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will be sensitive for a few days.

How does nicotine or smoking affect your health?

– Leads to bad breath

– Discoloration of your teeth

– On the roof of the mouth, inflammation of the salivary gland openings takes place

– Build up of tartar and plaque on your teeth

–  An increased loss of bone in the jaw

– White patches appear inside the mouth, an increased risk of leukoplakia

– A high risk of gum disease that further leads to tooth loss

– In certain cases, after an oral surgery, periodontal treatment or tooth extraction the healing process takes more time for the patient

–Low success rate of dental implants

– Leads to oral and lung cancer

– Prone to heart disease

As you’ve probably observed, the tips we’ve shared will help you only in the short term. The long-term solution is that you quit smoking. If you’re having trouble trying to quit the habit, seek help from family, friends, a professional health expert, or a counsellor.

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