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It seems that everyone wants a beautiful, healthy smile these days. Fortunately, this is a manageable goal, but there can be a few obstacles. Unfortunately, smoking can definitely cause major issues and can stop you from attaining beautiful teeth. Furthermore, while smoking can hurt the appearance of your smile, it can also cause damage you may not be able to recognize.

You see, smoking kills the good bacteria in your mouth—which can lead to yellow teeth but also to chronic bad breath. Similarly, if the good bacteria in your mouth is killed, you may have to deal with inflammation and infection, which increases your chances of getting gingivitis and tooth decay. If these issues aren’t treated quickly, you could find yourself facing a number of more serious problems, including tooth loss and even heart issues.

Similarly, studies have shown that individuals who smoke are much more likely to develop cancer in their mouth, the throat, lungs, esophagus, and larynx (or the voice box). Sadly, these problems are also caused by cigars and chewing tobacco.

If you smoke and want to take achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice. Our dentist, Dr. Carlos A. Tamayo, and our team will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Just call Carlos A. Tamayo DDS Inc. at 805-483-9567 to set up an appointment.