Oral health and making a good first impression.
Going on a job interview? Meeting your partner’s parents for the first time? Going on a blind date? When you first meet someone, they form instantaneous and unconscious conclusions about you based on how you look, act, even smell. It’s human nature. There are lots of tips about how to make a good first impression, but one of the best ways is to smile. In a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly half of surveyed adults think a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time. But when a person’s pearly whites aren’t so pearly white, people’s opinions may be different.
Cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco can lead to poor oral health. Some of the more obvious issues are yellow-stained teeth, bad breath, and a discolored tongue. Over time, tobacco use can also lead to dulled sense of taste and smell, cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and loss of jaw bone and teeth. All these things are definitely not pretty stuff to deal with and can affect your first impression.
Here are 5 ways your oral health can improve after your quit:
- One week after your quit, your sense of taste and smell improves
- The earlier you stop smoking, the less likely your teeth will be permanently stained yellow
- The earlier you stop smoking, the lower your risk for gum disease is
- Stopping smoking halves the risk of mouth and throat cancer within five years, and the risk continues to decline over time
- If you develop gum disease, treatments will work better if you don’t smoke
So put your best foot forward by quitting smoking. Your body and mouth will thank you.
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