Smoking can affect the health of your mouth and throat. Not only does smoking cause odor and discoloration but it can lead to mouth cancer and many other cancers. The longer you smoke and the more you smoke will greatly impact the risk of developing mouth cancer.
Thousands of people die each year from some form of mouth cancer and thousands more are being diagnosed. Don’t think it only happens to the old because it doesn’t.
Smoking can also lead to gum disease (periodontal disease) and increased tartar on the teeth, which harbors plaque. This can cause serious destruction of the tissues around the teeth, which can result in tooth loss as well as pain. Smoking can also delay the healing of any injured tissues in the mouth, such as ulcers, or following oral surgery.
When you quit smoking you can greatly reduce the chances of developing mouth cancer. After 5 years the risk is cut in half.