Higher Dental Care Costs

Another area where smokers spend more money than non smokers is dental care. Smoking can damage gums and teeth making more frequent trips to the dentist necessary.

In addition, tobacco has a strong staining ability that often leaves teeth yellow. Smokers often must have special cleaning done by a dentist to remove this staining. They also may need to use special “smoker’s toothpaste” or other special dental products for smokers to keep their teeth from yellowing again. These call come with a premium price tag compared to regular teeth cleaning products.

Smokers also need to use more products to keep their breath fresh. This can be a combination of special breath freshening products designed especially for smokers, extra breath mints or gum and mouthwash. because smoker’s breath becomes stale quicker than non smoker’s breath, they also use more of these products to mask and get rid of the smoking odor.

It’s not hard to imagine that a smokers spends a minimum of an extra $10 a month as compared to a non smoker on these items, and likely much more. That would result in the smoker spending an extra $120 a year over a non smoker on dental care.