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If you’re trying to kick the habit of smoking cigarettes, now is the best time to do so. On top of killing one out of five people, and breaking the bank to do so, smoking causes a number of serious health risks. In addition to your oral health, smoking causes various cosmetic effects as well. Listed below are five common effects smoking has on your mouth, cosmetic and internal:

1. Gum Disease and Teeth Falling Out

Smoking affects the normal cellular processes of your periodontal, or gum structures. It’s these key bonds that keep your teeth in place over the years. Gum recession is also a common side effect of cigarette smoking. Smoking also makes you more susceptible to infection and disease.

2. Bad Breath

If you’re walking down the street, you may notice that cigarette smoke is a very distinct and strong smell. If you can smell it from so far away, it’s no question that it will cause your breath to wreak as well. If you’re a smoker, you may not realize how strong the smell is, due to being used to it. However, if you do not smoke it’s easy to smell it on the breath of someone else.

3. Yellow Teeth

Many seem to think that smoking will make you appear cool. As cool as you perceive yourself, it can objectively be said that smoking will make your teeth gross and unattractive. Nicotine in cigarette smoke will dye your teeth yellow. Dark tar build-up is easily seen on the teeth of whichever side of your mouth you favor dragging the smoke.

4. Plaque and Tartar Build-up

Plaque is a naturally occurring biofilm that accumulates on your teeth naturally. Smoking causes plaque production to increase. If plaque isn’t cleaned away immediately, it could become tartar over as little as ten hours. Tarter is hardened plaque that becomes difficult to scrape off. Tartar is a main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

5. Jaw Bone Loss and Oral Cancer

Smoking cigarettes also leads to jaw bone loss due to slowed calcium production. If you require surgery to repair your damaged jaw, the healing will be slowed because of your smoking. Smoking slows the flow of blood, delaying your healing after an operation. This won’t be a pretty sight.

So, now you have read about some of the lesser known effects of smoking on your oral health. You can get gum disease and lose your teeth. You can annoy people with your horribly bad breath.  You can shock people with your stained, yellow teeth. You can annoy your dentist with the amount of plaque on your teeth. You can shock your spouse with the amount of bone loss in your jaw and the risk of oral bance.

None of these options are very pretty. Quit smoking cigarettes today to avoid the risk of any of these problems. Have any of you readers quit smoking? Tell me about it in the comments section. I’d love to hear what techniques you used.

Zane Schwarzlose is a blogger for A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, a dental office in Sugar Land, Texas. Zane is glad he never started smoking.

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