Smoking: Not A Reason To Smile

On Tuesday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed a group of graphic images that will adorn every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States starting this fall. Included in the series of images is a picture of a smoker's mouth with rotten teeth and gums, which we found particularly disturbing. Remember, smoking is one of the fastest ways to age your smile.

With every puff of a cigarette, more than 47,000 different chemicals enter the body, potentially aging and decaying your smile. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that smoking one pack of cigarettes a day can result in the loss of at least two teeth every 10 years. And according to studied conducted by Tufts University, smokers are about twice as likely as nonsmokers to lose their teeth. “Smoking dries out the mouth and stops the flow of saliva, which helps wash away debris to keep the mouth clean. As a result, bacteria begin to grow and multiply on and in between the teeth, and inside the grooves of the tongue, contributing to inflamed gums, bone loss and bad breath,” explains New York City cosmetic dentist, Irwin Smigel, DDS. So if you're a smoker, try nixing the habit before these new packages hit the shelves.