Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. It’s really no wonder that smoking is bad for your body and your mouth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68.8% of U.S. adult cigarette smokers want to quit completely. Tobacco cessation can be difficult, but with the right plan and a good support system, you can be successful.
Sometimes people will swap one bad habit for another. If you recently quit smoking, avoid falling into these 3 habits that will put your teeth at risk:
1. Constant snacking: While snacking does keep your mouth busy, it also gives bacteria more chances to erode your enamel. If you find yourself snacking more than usual, try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum!
2. Increased beverage consumption: Whether it’s coffee, energy drinks, or sodas, certain beverages can take a toll on the teeth. Too much coffee can contribute to tooth stains, while the acid in sugary sodas and energy drinks can lead to cavities and tooth sensitivity.
3. Nail biting: If you’re used to smoking a cigarette when you’re anxious or nervous, nail biting can become an easy replacement. Beware of biting too often. It can lead to splintered enamel and infection.
Congratulations on quitting smoking! Now, do your best to maintain and improve the health of your mouth.