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Can I Smoke After Dental Hygiene?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
close up of someone's hands breaking a cigarette in halfIf you are a smoker, it is likely something you wondered after a recent dental cleaning. Perhaps you have even tried to sneak a quick cigarette and hoped your hygienist would not find out. While it is understandable to crave the familiar comfort of a cigarette, the truth is that smoking is harmful to your oral health, and that includes the moments immediately following a dental cleaning.

Why You Should Wait

Dental cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup, both of which contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. These cleanings also polish the teeth, making the surface temporarily more porous and susceptible to staining. Immediately after a cleaning, your gums may also be slightly tender, and smoking can further irritate the tissues.

Smoking introduces chemicals that constrict your blood vessels. This reduced blood flow inhibits your natural healing abilities. If you have undergone a deep cleaning or other dental procedure, you might need time to recover before resuming activities such as smoking.

Concerns Beyond Staining

The consequences of smoking post-dental cleaning go beyond superficial staining. Smoking is a major risk factor for several oral health issues, and these problems can become more complicated when you smoke right after professional care.

Smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing gum disease, a condition that leads to inflammation, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Smoking also compromises your immune system and how your body can heal itself. This includes the healing of gum tissue after a dental cleaning or more involved procedures. Additionally, after a tooth extraction, smoking increases your chances of developing a painful condition called dry socket.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

While quitting smoking completely is the ideal scenario for your oral health and overall well-being, it is understandable if you are not ready to take that step. If you plan to resume smoking after a dental cleaning, dentists recommend waiting at least 24 hours to give your mouth a chance to begin healing.

If you are committed to improving your health, your dentist and hygienist can be excellent sources of support and information. They can discuss strategies for reducing or quitting smoking that fit your lifestyle and goals.

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