We understand as someone who has the habit of taking occasional puffs, the thought of, "Can I smoke after brushing my teeth?" might have crossed your mind at least once. Truth be told, it might not be the most important thing for you; however, it is a curiosity that crosses the minds of many smokers. The answer to your question is no.
This is because smoking deters oral health by staining teeth, producing bad breath, and increasing the risk of developing gum disease. It is recommended to brush your teeth after smoking to freshen your breath and reduce the contact time between nicotine, tar, and teeth. If you happen to smoke heavily, dentists advise you to brush immediately after smoking.
If you are a keen observer, the change in tongue shades might not be new to you. They may turn yellow, brown, or black due to tongue papillae and yeast or bacterial overgrowth. This scenario is common among heavy smokers who do not practice a good oral hygiene regime. The good news is you can easily revert it; all you need to do is get a clean toothbrush or a specialized tongue scraper and clean away.
If you have a good sense of control and fall on the lighter side of the smoker's scale, patiently wait at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth before smoking again. The timespan acts as a buffer to eliminate any form of lingering nicotine and other chemicals from your teeth. As for heavy smokers, brushing their teeth immediately after smoking is a must-rule.
Smoking brings along teeth stains, foul breath, and an increased risk of developing gum disease. So, whether it is the decision to quit smoking or amping your questions regarding your oral hygiene regime, contact our specialist, Dr. Ram Nallapaneni, DDS, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), at Riverside Family Dental who does periodontal treatments for all your help. Give us a call at (586) 468-0983 to schedule an appointment.