In honor of The Great American Smokeout (today!), we’d like to offer you one really great reason to quit: your smile. Smoking dries out your mouth, interrupting debris-clearing saliva. This leads to bad smoker’s breath. And we all know someone who has yellowed teeth caused by smoking. So if today is the first day of your permanent decision to stop smoking, we offer you some tips to get your breath back to normal and your teeth back to their pearly-white brilliance.
Go pro: Unlike over-the-counter whitening kits, you can get custom-made, professional-strength bleaching trays from your dentist. The personalized fit lessens sensitivity and irritation because the peroxide solution is placed precisely where it needs to go. Results are seen after a few weeks of using them. A more immediate option is laser or light-based bleaching for dramatic whitening, that utilizes light that activates a special whitening gel on your teeth in the dentist’s office. Results are seen right away and last up to two years.
Banish bad breath through dentistry: Now that you’ve snubbed your last cigarette butt, consider getting maximum results by replacing your old restorations, like crowns, which can loosen over time and allow bacteria in that leads to stinky breath. Ask your dentist about options for replacing old cavity fillings, too.
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