How To Get Rid Of Cigarette Tooth Stains

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If you are a smoker, or an ex-smoker, then you know how tricky it is to get rid of that harmful habit. You also know that cigarettes affect much more than our lungs. While that is the organ that can have the biggest consequences from this habit of ours, other organs suffer too. Our skin, for example, starts looking older and losing its shine after we have been smoking for a while.


Do me a favor and take a look in the mirror. What do you see when you take a long and hard look in your face? You might notice some lines beginning to form around your lips and on your forehead, or dark circles around your eyes, or you generally may get the feeling that your skin looks older than it should. While we cannot blame it all on cigarettes, I needed you to really think closely about the fact that those have an impact on your whole body, both internally and externally.

Take A Close Look At Yourself

Now, while you are in front of that mirror, I want you to do one more thing. Smile. Don’t grin, don’t just curl your lips upwards, but smile widely and let your teeth show. Focus on your teeth and tell me something. Have they always been so stained, or could that perhaps also be a consequence of your smoking habits?

I suppose the answer is perfectly clear. Some people have a hard time noticing this change in the color of their teeth simply because they don’t pay that much attention to them. After their awareness get raised, however, and they notice that the color isn’t the way they would want it to be, most people get shocked by that sudden revelation. The truth is, the change wasn’t sudden at all. It’s just that you haven’t given it much thought before.

I know what you are thinking right now. “Oh, man, is this one of those posts trying to get me to quit smoking by explaining how it harms my health? As if I don’t know that already”. If I guessed right, then you are probably frowning right now and thinking about exiting this page. Hold it right there for a second, because that’s not what I’m trying to do.

Getting anyone to quit smoking isn’t my intention. If nothing else, that would be a bit hypocritical. I have something completely different in mind and I’m pretty sure that you’ll be highly interested to hear it. Let’s cut to the chase. I want to give you a few tips on how to successfully remove cigarette stains on teeth and restore their natural color.

Why Cigarettes Leave Stains

Before we get to that, however, I want to make sure that you understand how your smoking habits actually impact your teeth and why cigarettes leave those stains in the first place. We are all aware of the fact that cigarettes have a negative impact on our oral health in general. Noticing the bad breath caused by these is enough to make us understand that there’s no way our oral health can go unharmed if we are smokers.

The bad breath turns out to be the least of our worries, though. When your oral hygiene is the way it should be, you can get rid of the breath by flossing and brushing. That doesn’t mean that you have solved all your issues related to cigarettes and oral health, though. As I have already mentioned, there are those tooth stains to worry about. Have you ever wondered why they occur in the first place?

In order to explain that, we will have to dig a little deeper into the topic and touch upon the medicine side of it. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all “medical” here and use words nobody but doctors can understand. My goal is to have this clearly explained to everyone, regardless of the level and type of education. In other words, I will keep it simple, but I will make it all clear.

The first thing you need to understand is that your teeth also have pores. Yes, you have heard that right. Your skin is not the only organ with pores and this is exactly why I have mentioned skin above, so that you can make the necessary parallel between these two parts of your body and understand how cigarettes affect them both. While we’re there, you might want to read this to understand how your smoking habits affect your oral health.

Let’s not get off topic, though. As I have said above, your teeth have pores, just like your skin. Now, that’s what you need to keep in mind at all times and especially while I’m explaining a little something about the color of nicotine. You might already know that nicotine is colorless, so the previous sentence might have surprised you a bit.

While I cannot argue with the fact that nicotine is colorless, here’s what you need to know. When nicotine comes into contact with oxygen, it turns from colorless to yellow. Let’s get back to the pores we have mentioned above now. The nicotine and the tar found in tobacco are easily and effortlessly absorbed by your teeth pores every time you take a puff. Since you cannot exactly avoid oxygen in the process, it’s no wonder that this absorption causes a discoloration of your teeth, turning them either yellow or brown.

There is one more fact that directly influences this process of discoloration. Smokers are more likely to produce large amounts of dental plaque. Now, the combination of the high levels of tar and nicotine you are inhaling and the dental plaque you are producing has a direct negative impact on the color of your teeth. This combination is responsible for the stains both on the surface and underneath your teeth.

Quitting Is Not Enough

Your next instinct might be to think that all these issues can be effectively solved the moment you stop smoking. That is a really nice thing to think, since it gives people the hope they might need if they are discouraged by the new and unpleasant color of their teeth. No matter how nice it is to think this, I will need to shatter those illusions. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but someone has to do it, right?

Unfortunately, this impact of nicotine, tar and plaque on your teeth is so strong that quitting smoking is not enough to make a change. The stains will definitely remain even after kicking this habit, which can cause a lot of stress and frustration, because you get the feeling that there’s absolutely nothing you can do to restore the color of your teeth. Don’t get discouraged immediately. Even though quitting smoking isn’t enough, nobody said that there weren’t a way to get those teeth shining again.

What You Can Do

That brings us to our most important topic for the day. What can you do to remove the stains that cigarettes have unquestionably left on your teeth? Is there anything that can help you restore their natural color even though nicotine, tar and plaque have been subtly and cunningly building up on your teeth over the years, entering their pores and making them white or brown? I’m glad to say that I have some good news for you.

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Anyway, here is the good news I mentioned. There is a way to get rid of cigarette stains marring your teeth, but it requires you to be determined and serious in your intention to do that. If you’re not wholeheartedly up for this idea, the harsh truth is that you won’t succeed. Fortunately, everything can be done in two rather simple steps. Yet, people sometimes find it difficult to keep up with the two-step routine even though they know it’s good for them.

Brush And Floss

I feel like I don’t even have to emphasize the importance of this, but let me mention it anyway. You need to brush and floss your teeth regularly in order to prevent the buildup of plaque. This is a no brainer, but you would be surprised with how many people don’t do this the way they should. Some of those people are just lazy, while others believe that they are doing it right even though they aren’t.

There’s no way you can get rid of the stains without this important step, so if you are unsure that your brushing and flossing routine is up to par, you should consult an expert, or get a few tips on how to do this the right way. Make sure not to neglect those places that are hard to reach, because that’s essentially where the plaque builds up and causes a lot of troubles.

You have probably thought of adding some kind of whitening toothpaste to this routine of yours. This is definitely a good idea, but you need to be aware of the limitation of those toothpastes. It’s not like these can completely remove the stains on your teeth. The truth is that whitening toothpastes will only remove the plaque that was built up, as well as the bacteria, and possibly prevent the appearance of new stains. Removing cigarette stains, however, is not their job.


This might sound a bit weird to you, but the only way to remove cigarette teeth stains is to bleach your teeth. No, this cannot harm your teeth, although “bleaching” is a rather strong word, so I get your confusion. I’m not, however, talking about dipping your mouth in bleach or anything like that. It’s just a word for a teeth whitening method.

That method requires you to find the right whitening kit and use it regularly and in accordance with the instructions. No matter what you try to do and how often you brush and floss, you will never be able to get rid of those stains unless you find a kit like this and start using it. The best part is, these kits bring results even if you continue smoking. Of course, if you do continue, you’ll have to use it more than if you quit, but you’ll find everything in the instructions of the one you buy.

How To Find The Right One

When you decide that it is time to get yourself a whitening kit, you will be presented with a lot of choices. The market is full of products like these because, well, manufacturers have recognized people’s need for teeth whitening and especially nicotine stain removal. This recognition has led to them producing all kinds of different kits that people are buying regularly.

It’s only natural that not all of those kits can have the same effect and be perfect. That means that you will need to do your best to find the right one for you and finally get rid of those cigarette stains that have been bothering you. How can you do that, though? How can you make sure to find the perfect product?

I have two very important tips to give you regarding this purchase. Those are the most significant things you will need to do in order to make sure that you are getting the perfect product. For starters, make sure to ask any of your smoker friends if they have ever thought of buying a kit like this, or if they had used something in the past. Their input will help you decide which products you should avoid and which you should pay attention to.

Whether they give you a recommendation or not, your second step should be the same. Go online and read reviews about various whitening kits. Read those to find out what previous users had to say about these products and to figure out if they were satisfied with the results. If a lot of people are claiming that they got great results from a particular kit, you should go for it.

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