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How does cigarette smoking affect the oral cavity? Yellow teeth are not everything

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published Jan. 8, 2024 10:33

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The end of the year is fast approaching, and with it comes a lavish New Year's Eve party and... a list of New Year's resolutions. Many a person will make the decision to quit smoking for the first (or next) time. And rightly so, because it is an extremely unhealthy addiction. "Yellowed teeth are the main visual effect that prompts people to quit smoking, but few people are aware that this addiction causes much more damage to the oral cavity," says Dr. Agnieszka Laskus, a specialist in periodontics and general dentistry.

Smoking cigarettes is unhealthy - everyone knows this. You would be hard pressed to find a smoker who hasn't for a moment in his life thought about what his addiction could lead to. Numerous educational campaigns in Poland and around the world, as well as a number of studies conducted, leave no illusions - smoking has a disastrous effect on the health of the entire body - it destroys the lungs and heart, promotes the development of many cancers, accelerates aging and leaves its mark on our appearance, such as making our complexion gray and teeth and nails yellow.

"How unhealthy this addiction is is also evidenced by the drastic steps that are being taken in some countries. Already last year, New Zealand passed a law that tobacco and cigarettes cannot be sold to people born since January 1, 2009. This means that 14-year-olds and subsequent younger generations will never legally buy cigarettes in this country in their lives. Decision-makers there acted decisiv...

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