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The effects of smoking on your Oral Health

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The effects of smoking on your Oral Health

Dental Advice for smokers

As we all know smoking has many different effects on your body. But what people don’t realise is how much smoking contributes to your dental problems.

Side effects:
• Stained teeth
• Bad breath
• Diminished sense of taste
• Gum disease
• Gum inflammation
• Tooth loss
• Oral Cancer

Oral Hygiene Tips

There are many dental hygiene tips for smokers that that help your oral hygiene if you are a smoker. Such as:
• Buy toothpaste & other oral cleaning products specifically for smokers – it is much stronger at clearing plaque.
• Have regular check-ups with your dentist to make sure that if there are any oral problems they can be diagnosed as soon as possible.
• Maintain your own hygiene plan and making sure you are regularly brushing, flossing and using a tongue cleaner.
• Regularly give yourself oral cancer examination.

Oral Cancer Symptoms:
• Lumps on the lips, gums and inside the mouth
• White or red patched in the mouth
• Bleeding in the mouth
• Numbness or pain in the mouth, neck or face
• Sores
• Sore throat
• Loss of teeth

However, no matter how many products you use your mouth is still exposed to the harmful substances from cigarettes if you continue to smoke. To keep your mouth healthy, the best thing to do is to quit smoking! Most dentists are now trained in helping you to quit smoking successfully.

People who smoke usually have a lot of dental problems which can cause a strain on dentists, which is why we like helping people quit smoking and gain a healthier lifestyle.

If you are willing to quit there are many different ways of doing so. To start you need to set a date to quit, this must be achievable! There is no point in setting the date as tomorrow. Secondly, seek help from a doctor or dentist; they have all of the information needed to get you on your way to quitting for good.

The longer you have been a smoker the more problems are likely to arise in the near future. Smokers are more likely to have oral health problems and have a greater need for root canals, loss of teeth and damage to tooth enamel.

So, why is Tobacco bad for your oral health?

When you smoke, you produce more bacterial plaque in your mouth. The nicotine in a cigarette causes a reduction in the amount of oxygen to the tissue in your mouth. Nicotine also tightens blood vessels which impact the length of time it takes to diagnose gum disease; the most common diagnostic for gum disease is bleeding gums, however, due to the nicotine your gums are less likely to bleed, meaning if you do have gum disease it will be harder for both yourself and the dentist to find out. Bleeding gums is usually the tip off for dentists to diagnose gum disease, the harder it is to spot the more it may worsen over time.

First of all, go and visit your dentist. A Dentist will have the knowledge and plan for you to quit easily. You can have white teeth, fresh breath and a healthier mouth in a no time at all with the help of dentist’s advice. It is never too late to quit smoking and start a healthier lifestyle so get in touch with Thurmaston Dental today. Check out our other blogs posts on our Six Month Smile braces and why people are scared of the dentist.

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