Dental Health: How to Combat Staining Caused by Cigarettes

Smoking is as bad for your appearance as it is for your health. People who smoke will often develop stained or yellowed teeth. However, if you are a smoker, there are some steps you can take to help to combat the impact of cigarettes on your teeth. Below is a guide which will help you to keep your teeth looking nice and white.

Rinse your mouth after every cigarette

The reason your teeth become discoloured and stained after smoking is the build up of tar and nicotine on the enamel surface. One way to combat this buildup is to rinse your mouth out after every cigarette. Using a specially formulated mouthwash is the most effective way to clean your mouth. However, even rinsing your mouth with water will help to wash away any tar and nicotine before it can discolour your teeth.

Consider home treatment

It is possible to maintain the whiteness of your smile using home treatments. Just place a small amount of baking soda on your toothbrush and brush as normal. Although it may taste slightly strange, the baking soda will help to neutralise acids within your mouth while also helping to lift any surface stains from your teeth.

Use specialist products

It is estimated that 13 percent of Australians smoke. This means that there is a wide range of dental health products which are aimed at this section of society. Smokers toothpaste contains increased levels of abrasive particles when compared to standard toothpaste. These particles will help to remove staining caused by nicotine or tar from cigarettes. Smokers mouthwash will help to remove any build up of tar on your teeth and will also help to keep your breath fresh. 

Visit your dentist

If you are concerned about the impact of smoking on your teeth, you should visit your dentist and inquire about whitening treatments. Your dentist may be able to bleach your teeth and restore them to their former brightness using professional whitening treatments. Your dentist will also be able to recommend lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking or cutting down on the amount of red wine you drink, which will help to reduce the levels of staining on your teeth.

Having a healthy and white smile can really help to boost your confidence and change the way that other people perceive you. Contact your dentist today for further information about the benefits of teeth whitening treatments.