Smoking can lead to numerous health problems including death. If you smoke, quitting now should be a priority. That being said, how do you minimize teeth staining while you still smoke? This is a valid question. The yellow staining caused by tobacco use can prove much more difficult than other types to remove. By following these helpful tips, you can keep smoking-related staining at bay.
1. Cut Back
The less exposure you submit your teeth to, the less staining will manifest. You’d be surprised at how quickly just a few cigarettes add up. For example, if you smoke a pack a day, consider just eliminating five cigarettes per day. This reduces your consumption by over 91 packs over the course of the year. It can also be a great start to kicking the habit.
2. Consider Special Products
There are special dental products geared toward use by smokers. From smoker’s toothpastes to anti-tar mouthwash and more, these products can make a difference. However, keep in mind that the toothpastes are often more abrasive, so you may want to use them sparingly.
Even if you can’t find products specifically for smokers, you can make a difference simply by taking some time for oral care after smoking. Look for products containing fluoride and antimicrobial agents for best results.
3. Remove Toxins Through Flossing
You should floss your teeth at least once per day regardless of whether or not you smoke. For smokers, not only does it remove food stuck between the teeth, but it also removes nicotine and tar that becomes trapped and causes staining.
4. See a Cosmetic Dentist
Despite your efforts, years of smoking causes staining. Even if you brush, floss, and use products geared toward the removal of smoke stains, hours of smoking inevitably take their toll. If you feel your smile is beyond restorative efforts, you may be surprised at what a cosmetic dentist can do.
A cosmetic dentist has access to higher-strength teeth whitening agents than you’ll find at your local retail store. If your teeth are highly stained and beyond the help of teeth whiteners, they can even apply veneers that can transform your teeth into any shade of white you want.
Our staff doesn’t want any of our clients to hide their most positive emotions due to staining. If yellowing is causing you to frown, give us a call to see how we can help.