The effects of smoking on Tooth Decay

By Maddison Sanderson



Smoking can cause tooth decay and gum loss. It compromises the flow amount and function of saliva in the mouth. You need saliva for cleaning the lining of the mouth and teeth. The flow of the saliva helps to counteract mouth acids that cause decay and protects the teeth from wearing away. The calcium in saliva helps to prevent tooth decay. The calcium hardens the surface of the teeth.

Studies show that smokers tend to have more tooth decay than non smokers. If you are a parent that smokes studies have shown that your child is more likely to get tooth decay because that child is inhaling your excess smoke which is infecting your child and causing it to have problems with there health.
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A person's best defence against tooth decay and oral cancer is to stop smoking.