I can't smoke!Smoking is very bad for your health. It is the major cause of lung disease, including lung cancer, and is one of the main factors of heart disease. Overall, all responsible health care professionals agree that smoking is terrible for your well being.

Smoking doesn’t really produce tooth decay, or worsen a cavity that is already there. For your teeth, smoking only generates ugly stains, that can be brownish, and only a thorough tooth cleaning by a dental hygienist can remove them.

Smoking is however bad for your gums. If you suffer from gum disease, you are very unlikely to heal if you continue smoking. Also, if you have gone through surgery in your mouth, such as dental implant placement or tooth extraction, the healing process can be complicated if you smoke.

Halitosis, or bad breath, can commonly be caused by smoking. This one is self-explicatory, and people around you know it very well. They might be too shy to tell you, but they will certainly tell someone else and even avoid you!

Oral cancers are less talked about than other types of cancers, but they occur frequently among smokers. Oral cancers are very virulent, and if they don’t kill you, they can be surgically removed with a big piece of you tongue or of your palate, leaving your mouth forever deformed.

The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.

The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

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