How Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs Affect the Teeth

How Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs Affect the TeethA healthy lifestyle is as good for your smile as it is for your body. Common everyday habits could be destroying your smile. Smoking, heavy alcohol use, and recreational drugs are all bad for your teeth and could damage their appearance and health. These bad habits can cause:

• Stains on your teeth
• Dry mouth
• Bad breath
• Tooth decay
• Chipped and broken teeth
• Sensitivity
• Gum disease
• Tooth loss
• Oral cancer

If you smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs, you can increase your risk of damage. Quit smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. Reduce your alcohol intake, and avoid using recreational drugs. Seek professional help to kick your habits, if necessary. Brush your teeth two times a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Limit sweet foods, and rinse your mouth after you eat. It is also helpful to rinse your mouth after you vomit, and wait about thirty minutes after vomiting to brush your teeth in order to avoid damaging the acid-softened enamel.

Manage your cravings with sugar-free gum, which can help combat oral bacteria and keep your mouth moist. Fluoride treatments by a professional can strengthen dental enamel. Schedule an evaluation if you notice any sores that do not heal, or abnormal red or white patches anywhere in your mouth. Be sure to schedule regular checkups at least twice a year. You might need more frequent checkups to monitor your dental health if your risks are higher than average. Call our dentists today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.

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