9 May 2013

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You’re craving for a good brushing, maybe it’s the stress from work or just that nagging feeling your mind gets, but you need one. So you go out and buy another new tube of toothpaste, and you squirt the following out onto your brush: Acetone, Tar, Lead, Cyanide, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Arsenic, Chloroform, Carbon Monoxide, butane and nicotine. Then you proceed to brush with it.

I’m not really talking about brushing your teeth of course, I’m talking about smoking. More specifically, I’m talking about what smoking does to your teeth.

Everyday, millions of people worldwide inhale a mouthful of this chemical concoction every time they take a puff, without thinking twice about the consequences it has on their teeth.

So what are these consequences?

A wonderfully yellow smile – You may have noticed it in some smokers, and it’s probably one of the most obvious effects of smoking. Cigarette smoke increases the growth of plaque, turning your pearly whites into murky yellows.

Gums, bones and teeth being worn away – Bacteria builds up so much faster in a smoker’s mouth, which means that gums will recede faster, teeth crumble quicker and the bone below the gum line can even be damaged.

Tooth Loss – For those who smoke seriously, teeth can fall out due to the damage that gums and teeth continually take.

Bad Breath – Smoking equals a build-up of more plaque and bacteria. A good amount of either, means you have a good amount of bad breath.

Stop smoking, there’s no excuse not to, your teeth will thank you for it.

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