Smoking and chewing tobacco have been around for centuries, and it is a habit that a large fraction of the U.S. population still picks up each year. Despite the known effects that tobacco usage has on a person’s health, millions of Americans light up each year. Countless medical studies have proven that tobacco is a direct cause of devastating conditions and diseases, yet one specific area is often overlooked that is specifically affected by smoking: the mouth.
Your mouth is home to one of your most personal features, known as your smile. People often judge others based on the appearance and condition of their smiles. Smoking is well known for causing foul breath and discolored teeth – neither of which make a good first impression. Those who are seeking a new job, hoping to land a promotion, or hoping to snag a great date are often at a great disadvantage if they smoke and/or use other types of tobacco. However, there are much more serious consequences for smokers aside from the appearance of their smiles. (more…)