Many studies have shown that smoking and using tobacco products has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums. The problem is caused by the fact that tobacco affects the gum tissue cells, making smokers more prone to getting infections in the form of gum (periodontal) diseases. Other negative effects of smoking include: bad breath, stained teeth, jawbone loss, shrinking gums, mouth ulcers, decreased senses of taste and smell, poor healing of mouth sores and hairy tongue.
In addition to this, most people don't know that smoking is the main cause of mouth cancer, with thousands of people dying every year from mouth cancer brought on by smoking. Please click on Mouth Cancer Screening for further information.
As dental professionals it is important for us to inform you of the risks related to smoking and to help you to quit by giving you information and support. By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products your oral and general health will benefit very quickly. It is essential that you come into the practice for regular check-ups so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.
Please visit Smokefree.nhs.uk for lots more information on the benefits of quitting smoking and to locate your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
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