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The smoker’s plaque is a pigment plaque that is formed on the enamel of the teeth of smoking people. Characterized by a dense, viscous structure, it penetrates deeply into the tooth enamel and stains it in a characteristic yellow, brown or black color. Accumulating on the neck of the tooth and in hard-to-reach places that are not used in the process of chewing, the plaque from smoking is difficult to remove and provokes the appearance of dental diseases.
How Does Smoking Affect Teeth?
Smoking is a bad habit that negatively affects the general condition of the oral cavity and the health of the teeth. Due to regular inhaling the tobacco smoke, the dentin gets yellow and looks unattractive. The reason for this is harmful substances that are part of the smoke like ammonia, tar, nicotine, resin, phenol formaldehyde and so on. In total, about 3000 substances are gathered on the enamel and form a characteristic plaque from cigarettes.
Smokers who care for the oral cavity also have tobacco stained teeth but it is not that visible. Still they cannot get rid of old scurf that is formed in hard to reach places. Sooner or later, they cease to be just a cosmetic problem and become the cause of dental pathologies.
Absolutely every smoker faces the problem of dry mouth, indicating an insufficient amount of saliva, which causes a violation of the natural protective functions of the oral cavity. The result is very quick emergence of plaque on the surface of the teeth which serves as a nutrient for pathogenic microorganisms, the products of which provoke the appearance of carious process and gingivitis.
Signs of Smoker Stains
Signs of this unpleasant phenomenon are visible to almost everyone who talks to you. If desired, they can be found at each smoker. To do this, it is enough to carefully examine your mouth and teeth in front of the mirror. You may experience the following symptoms of tobacco staining teeth:
- Visible change of enamel color in the direction of darkening.
- The presence of yellow, brown or black plaque on the neck of the tooth (at the base) or on the inside of the dentition.
- Uncharacteristic color of gums that look a little “over-dried”.
After detecting these signs, it remains only to exhale sharply into your palm to feel the unpleasant smell from your mouth. It is the eternal companion of heavy smokers.
How to Get Rid of Plaque on the Teeth?
Brown plaque on the teeth, the characteristic yellow plaque on the tongue, bad breath – these are the visible aesthetic problems faced by every smoker. To eliminate them, you need to seek the help of a dentist who will perform professional cleaning of teeth and help to get rid of the unpleasant consequences of smoking such as stained teeth from tobacco.
Removal of the Smoker’s Plaque at Home
Most smokers are sure: ‘you can get rid of the yellow plaque on the teeth without visiting a dentist’. It is enough to buy one of the bleaching agents or special toothpaste. At the same time, they do not take into account the peculiarities of the use of these tools and their hardly positive effect.
The problem is that all the means for home teeth whitening are effective only in the case of a slight plaque and do not have any effect on the old scurf, especially if it is located in hard to reach places. Moreover, they should be used after professional cleaning to maintain the achieved result. This should be done with great care, because they contain active components and abrasives destructive effect on tooth enamel.
Removal of Plaque Using Homemade Remedies
Homemade medicines are not on the sidelines of dental problems. And to eliminate the plaque of the smoker, it suggests using the well-known baking soda. To do this, it must be mixed with tooth powder or toothpaste and very carefully this mixture should be put on the teeth. But it should be kept in mind that this mixture can be used no more than 2 times a week, which is clearly not enough to remove the signs of tobacco stained teeth. Otherwise, baking soda will gradually soften tooth enamel and adversely affect the condition of the gums. Often the bleeding of the gums and teeth sensitivity are emerged after using baking soda too frequently. Also they begin responding painfully to the cold and hot things in mouth.
There is a safer method of traditional medicine, which allows removing the plaque of the smoker. To do this, you need to chew a slice of lemon, green apple or strawberry immediately after smoking a cigarette. Fruit acids contained in these products will prevent plaque formation. But at the same time, they are destructive to the tooth enamel and cause its gradual thinning. And, hardly, someone from smokers wants to do this difficult “ritual” after every smoked cigarette. So the best solution is to visit your dentist and decide what to do with your problem.