Smoking or chewing tobacco products can ruin the kissability of your mouth, leading to stained teeth, bad breath and receding gums. So if you want a healthy mouth, don't use tobacco. More serious oral health results include tooth loss, cancer, canker sores, bone loss and unsuccessful dental implants.
According to the Journal of Peridontology (a field specializing in the study of the supporting structures for teeth), smokers are significantly more likely to:
- Have gum problems
- Have a greater amount of calculus on their teeth
- Have more missing teeth
- Need more recovery time for dental work
Ironically, smokers' gums don't bleed as easily as nonsmokers, but that's not due to healthier gums: Nicotine constricts blood vessels.