How to Reverse "Smoker's Mouth" After You Quit

When people quit smoking, it is often for health reasons, for example, to lower their risk of conditions like coronary heart disease and lung cancer. However, it’s important to realize that smoking can damage the inside of your mouth as well, the effects of which are sometimes referred to as “smoker’s mouth” in general dentistry. If you recently quit smoking, then read on for advice on reversing smoker’s mouth.

Focus on Hygiene

Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the best things that you can do to combat the effects of the smoking habit that you have kicked. To do this, floss your teeth once every day and brush your teeth twice per day for 2 full minutes. When brushing, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be sure that you gently clean along the gumline. If you find that your breath isn’t so fresh despite twice daily brushing, then clean the back of your tongue using a tongue scraper or your toothbrush and consider swishing with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Address Gum Disease

Smoking is one of the risk factors for gum disease. For this reason, seeing your dentist for a dental cleaning and oral health evaluation is a smart way to get started with reversing your smoker’s mouth. During your checkup, your dentist will evaluate your mouth for signs of gum disease, such as swelling, redness, and bleeding. If gum disease is present, then your dentist may recommend interventions such as fluoride tray treatments or scaling and root planing.

Brighten Your Smile

Finally, to address the staining effects that cigarette smoking can have on your teeth, consider brightening your smile with professional teeth whitening. Unlike over-the-counter kits that you might try, having your teeth whitened at the dentist office can provide you with a noticeably whiter smile after just one appointment, making this a quick and effective solution for teeth that are dull or discolored.

Eagle Falls Dentistry offer periodontics, professional teeth whitening, and general dentistry in Bloomingdale, IL. To schedule your visit with one of our dentists, give us a call today at (630) 894-5992.

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