October sees the launch of the annual ‘Stoptober’ campaign, providing advice and tools to help people quit smoking for good. We all know that smoking has a negative effect on our bodies, and this includes our oral health.
Smoking is one of the major causes of oral cancer, it is therefore unsurprising that the best way to minimise your risk of oral cancer, is to quit smoking. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly, as they will check for signs of oral cancer at your routine examination.
Smoking is also a leading contributor to gum disease. Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes the blood vessels in the gums to narrow, reducing blood flow to the area. This increases the chances of infections and is also likely to slow down any healing that is needed.
The early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is usually manageable with regular intervention. However, if left untreated, advanced gum disease can result in tooth loss.
Visiting your hygienist on a regular basis will provide you with a thorough clean, as well as providing tips for you to maintain excellent oral health at home.
Not only is bad breath, or halitosis, a potential symptom of gum disease, but the smell of cigarette smoke on your breath can be unpleasant to many. A sweeter smelling breath is one of the many benefits of stopping smoking.
Staining on your teeth is one of the most visible effects of smoking. Teeth will become stained and yellow over time due to the tar in cigarettes.
When you have successfully stopped smoking, why not treat yourself to some tooth whitening. Speak to your dentist at your next examination to discuss how we can help you to regain your sparkling smile.