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Harmful Effects of Smoking:

Smoking is an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapors of burning plant matter that are commonly associated with tobacco. Smoking affects every organ in the body, causes serious diseases and it is also harmful to the people around you.

Tobacco is smoked using a cigarette, cigar or pipe. It contains nicotine, an alkaloid that is highly addictive. Thus, smoking is widely practised around the globe irrespective of medical, social and religious arguments.

Forms of Tobacco

  • Cigarettes 
  • Pipes
  • Cigars
  • Hookahs
  • Smokeless Tobacco

All tobacco products are toxic and addictive. There is no safe limit for Tobacco consumption (Or) Cigarette smoking. It damages almost all of the body’s organs. Smokers are at greater risk for heart and cardiovascular diseases than those who do not smoke.

Tobacco consumption is one of the world’s most-devastating causes of death and diseases. The use of smokeless tobacco products is also one of the major health concerns.

Mostly people believe that smoking will have its effect on general health but, it also affects ones oral health in equal measure. What smoking does is it lowers your immune system and it also lessens your white blood cell count which is responsible for safeguarding your teeth and fight with bacteria.

Smoking Effects on Teeth and Gums:

Many people lately realize the damage or effects of smoking on teeth, gums, and mouth. It leads to severe dental problems and some of the smoking effects has on teeth are shown below.

  1. Stained Teeth
  2. Bad breath
  3. Bone Loss in the Jaw
  4. Tooth Decay or Tooth Loss
  5. Gum disease
  6. Oral health
  7. Oral cancer
  1. Stained Teeth: The nicotine and tar present in tobacco smoke can cause yellow or stained teeth. Tobacco stains on teeth that occurred due to smoking over years are often difficult to remove.
  2. Bad breath/smoker’s breath: Chemical compounds formed by smoking are found in the mouth and they mix with our saliva and cause bad breath.
  3. Bone Loss in the Jaw: Smoking can tend the lower\upper jawbone to lose its density. The bone that holds the teeth to chew food gets damaged and leads to tooth loss.
  4. Tooth Decay: It is a damaged area of the tooth surface that develops into tiny holes. As a result of smoking bacteria formed in teeth and it leads to cavities.
  5. Gum Disease: People who smoke regularly are more likely to produce bacterial plaque and that leads to gum disease. Gums are mainly affected due to a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, and the infected gums cause severe pain and don’t heal on their own.
  6. Oral health: Smoking can show a negative impact on your oral health. People who smoke regularly are at a higher risk of developing mouth cancer, gum problems, losing teeth, and decay on the roots of teeth.
  7. Oral Cancer: According to reports nearly 90% of people who are suffering from oral cancer are tobacco users.

Smoking Effects on Health and Organs:

  1. Poor vision
  2. Anxiety and irritability
  3. A dull sense of smell and taste
  4. Lung cancer
  5. COPD
  6. Emphysema
  7. Immune system
  8. Diabetes complications
  9. Infertility
  10. Increased risk of blood cancer
  11. Skin issues like psoriasis, wrinkled skin
  12. Ulcers

1. Poor vision:

Women who smoke regularly tend to go through menopause earlier than non-smokers. Smoking has also been shown to increase hot flashes and lead to blurry vision.

2. Anxiety and irritability

You might find yourself a little bit irritated if you missed your cigarette break. Withdrawal of nicotine suddenly is the main cause of these symptoms.

3. A dull sense of smell and taste

Your smell and taste sense can be dulled by smoking, which can decrease your appetite.

4. Lung cancer

Smoking greatly increases the risk of lung cancers. Lung cancer is a serious illness that is caused in both men and women.


Developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is more common in smokers and asthma systems can worsen this condition.

6. Emphysema

Emphysema is a lung condition and it belongs to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smoking is the main cause of pulmonary emphysema and it also causes respiratory illness.

7. Immune System

Smoking reduces the ability of the immune system to fight infections and hence it leads to infections in the respiratory tract.

8. Diabetes complications

Type 2 diabetes tends to headway in smokers because smoking increases insulin resistance in the body.

9. Infertility

Both women and men who have regular smoking habits are more likely to experience fertility issues than people who don’t smoke Increased risk of blood cancer People who do smoke have an increased risk of blood cancer such as leukemia.

10. Skin issues

Smoking makes your skin harden, and less elastic, and yellowing of the fingers and nails occurs leading to deeper wrinkles and premature ageing.


Ulcers are painful sores, people who smoke develop peptic ulcers. By quitting smoking, ulcers heal on their own.

What Smoker’s says about Smoking:

Some smokers say that tobacco smoking increases concentration, peace, etc. but getting any of these benefits out of smoking is not a wise decision as smoking destroys every organ in your body to kill you. Concentration and peace can be achieved with many other positive alternatives that have no side effects.

Hypothetically, if you are a heavy smoker then you are more disposed to gum disease and tooth decay owing to the fact that you’re not generating enough white blood cells and it’s not fighting back with bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

“Not just that deficiency of oxygen in your bloodstream, leading to the infected gums not being able to settle.

Smoking causes gum disease to develop faster than in non-smokers. Gum disease is the most wise spread cause of tooth loss in adults.

Predominantly, blemished teeth and tongue, gum discoloration, bad breath, a damage of taste, changes in the appearance of palate (roof of mouth) and smell are perceptible effects of smoking on teeth. Over and above, smoking can also effect or deteriorate gum disease (also referred as periodontal disease) and increase your danger of mouth and lip cancer.

People usually have this perception that smoking causes lung cancer. But smoking stood as the prominent cause of mouth cancer. The chance of dying from mouth and throat cancer is more than 10 times in all probability in male smokers and 5 times in female smokers over non-smokers.

Smokeless tobacco has been there for centuries. The myth is that smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking but the fact is nicotine is in all forms of tobacco which is the root cause of addiction and thereby fatal health issues.

Following are the issues that can arise in teenage smokers:

  1. Bad breath
  2. Bad smelling clothes & hair
  3. Trouble keeping up in sports
  4. Greater risk of injury
  5. Slower healing time
  6. Increased risk of illness

Benefits of quitting smoking:

  • Add years to your life
  • Lowers the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases
  • Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
  • Less carbon monoxide in the blood 
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Less coughing and wheezing
  • Increased lung function
  • Decreased shortness of breath

Symptoms that Drive Towards Smoking While Trying to Quit smoking include:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating &
  • Insomnia

Tips to resist tobacco cravings and quit smoking:

Avoid triggers/ trigger places

Identify your trigger situations such as parties or bars where you used to smoke regularly and try to avoid that place entirely or get through them without using tobacco.


When you get tobacco cravings continuously, tell yourself that you just have to wait 10 more minutes and then do some activity to distract yourself for that period of time.

Chew on it

Give something to your mouth to chew and fight a tobacco craving.

Chewing something like sugarless gum or hard candy, or crunchy and satisfying like raw carrots, nuts, or sunflower seeds may help.

Don’t have just one

You might feel tempted to have at least one cigarette to satisfy a tobacco craving. Don’t get tempted/fooled by believing that you can stop after having one.

Engage in physical activity:

Making any the Physical Activity, can help you to distract from the urge to smoke and reduce its intensity. Even a short physical activity like running or down the stairs can give relief from tobacco cravings. If you’re stuck at your home or in the office, try pushups, running in place, or walking up and down a set of stairs.

Practice some relaxation techniques:

You may have been using smoking to deal with stress. Resisting tobacco and trying to take the edge off stress by practising relaxation techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, yoga, dance, visualization, massage, and listening to music. 

Go online for support

Join an online stop-smoking program or read a quitter’s blog regarding smoking and post encouraging thoughts for someone else who might be struggling with tobacco cravings.

Remind yourself of the benefits

Write down the reasons you want to stop smoking and resist tobacco cravings. Tell your friends and family that you stopped smoking, and take their suggestions

Well, if you witness any of the above mentioned signs in your teeth. Call us to 8800644744 and schedule your Appointment with Best Dentist at Hale Clinics and get appropriate treatment for healthy teeth.



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