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Everyone wants to have that beautiful movie star smile. It can give you confidence and help you with different daily activities. However, some habits can get in the way of a beautiful smile. Smoking is one of these habits. It can give you yellow teeth and bad breath, but it will also do more to your to your mouth than damage the looks of your smile.

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. 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. Greg Atwood, and our team will help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Just call Atwood Family Dental at 432.337.6165 to set up an appointment.