How can smoking affect my oral health?

08/11/2019
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Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for their health.

Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer. Let’s talk about this!

Tooth staining: One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time. For this we often recommend thorough cleaning and to keep a closer check on the health of your mouth

Gum disease: Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing are a common symptom of gingivitis but, because nicotine restricts the blood flow to the gums, smokers may not experience this early warning signs of gum disease. We often recommend regular professional examination to pick up the signs of gum disease even if they are masked by smoking.

Mouth Cancer: Smoking may lead to cancer in the mouth or throat, and oral tobacco products are associated with cancer in the cheeks, gums, and inner surface of the lips. The risk of developing oral cancer depends on the duration and frequency of tobacco use. Therefore we believe in promotion, protection and education of good health is key to raising awareness of mouth cancer.

At Heath Street Dental, not only do we help treat and prevent poor oral health, we are also here to support you along your journey to better health.

For support or if you have any questions, our team are happy to help.