Smoking & Oral health

Smoking is bad for your oral health and it is easy to see the effects of smoking on your teeth.

Smoking can cause:

  • Tooth staining

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Reduced sense of taste and smell

  • Accumulation of calculus (tartar) Gum disease

  • Tooth loss

 

Smoking reduces blood flow to the gums, depriving them of oxygen and nutrients that allow gums to stay healthy, and leaving them vulnerable to bacterial infection. Smokers also exhibit delayed healing after dental procedures. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers and gum disease is the most common causes of tooth loss in adults.

Smoking can also increase your risk of developing:

  • Mouth and throat cancer

  • Lung disease and cancer 

  • Mouth sores or lesion that do not heal

  • Heart disease and/or stroke

It's good not to start smoking in the first instance.  But if you are, then consider quitting. For support and more information on quitting please contact us.

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