does smoking affect the teeth, gums or mouth?
Yes. Smoking does not only pose problems to general health, but also has serious effects in the mouth. The main damage is to the gums and mucosa, or lining of the mouth. Smokers develop more oral cancers than non-smokers (about five times more) and invariably suffer some degree of gum or, periodontal disease.
As well as staining teeth, smoking has a profound effect on the saliva, promoting the formation of the thicker ‘mucous’ form of saliva at the expense of the thinner watery ‘serous’ saliva. As a result, there is a reduction in the acid-buffering capacity of the saliva, which thereby increases the risk of tooth decay.
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