Quitting smoking (or chewing) tobacco is one of the hardest things to do and we understand that.
We don’t want you to suffer with tooth staining, while facing the other side effects of tobacco, if we can help it.
Dr. Stevens and our clinical team only want you to be healthy and have a smile you’re proud to show off.
Many things can stain your teeth over time, but tobacco is one of the most aggressive.
Why Nicotine and Tobacco Stain
Tar and nicotine are carried in on the tobacco smoke and enter the teeth through little pores. The tar coats the tooth inside and out, while the nicotine becomes yellow upon oxygenation.
Chewing tobacco also stains teeth when it mixes with saliva and sits in your mouth for long periods of time. It is a very dark, tar-like substance that can cause extreme oral damage.
Other Oral Effects of Tobacco Products
Tobacco products are filled with chemicals and toxins that wreak havoc in your mouth. Making contact with gums and teeth for prolonged periods of time increases these damages and health risks.
Oral and gum cancer are among the more serious diseases caused by smoking or chewing tobacco. Other serious conditions include:
- Receding gums
- Gum disease (gingivitis, sores and legions, etc)
- Tooth decay
- Damage to enamel
- Premature aging around the mouth and face
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Darkened plaque build up
- Cankers and tongue sores
Smoking weakens your immune system overall and therefore makes it hard for your body to fight off the irritations and infections that it causes to your mouth.
How To Remove Tobacco Stains From Teeth
As you already know, the only way to truly ensure staining and damages cease is to stop using tobacco all together. We are cheering you on, but in the meantime, here are a few temporary and moderately effective tricks to keep staining at bay:
- Brushing with special toothpastes dedicated to whitening
- A baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture
- Brushing and flossing regularly and right after smoking/chewing
- Discussing whitening treatments with your dentist
Most of these methods take a while to show results and if regular smoking or chewing is still occuring, effects may cancel each other out.
Professional quality whitening is your best bet for long-term, noticeable results.
Professional Whitening With Dr. Stevens
At the clinic, we see teeth in all shapes and colors. You can rest assured there will be no judgement or lectures, we just want you to look and feel good.
We offer a variety of teeth whitening solutions. One of those options is GLO Science Professional Whitening. This system lightens teeth up to 12 shades in under an hour, or over a longer period with a take-home kit.
Dr. Stevens will make a custom plan for you. You will also get a comprehensive tooth exam before you start.
The teeth whitening treatment will chemically break down and remove the color staining molecules from your teeth. It removes color from the inside out, whether the stain is intrinsic or surface. Dr. Andrea Stevens
to get your teeth to their whitest and brightest! With healthy habits and some help from our team, we see a bright future for you! Ask us about our teeth whitening systems at 613-271-7091.