The Dangers Of Smoking And Your Oral Health

Many people are aware of the link between smoking and some forms of cancer and respiratory diseases. However, have you ever stopped to think how smoking may affect your oral health? Smoking is a major risk factor for oral cancer, a form of cancer, which has become increasingly common in the UK in the last ten years and it also contributes to an increased risk of gum disease and staining. Smoking is particularly harmful for those who already have symptoms of gum disease, as it affects the body’s ability to heal naturally by reducing blood flow to the gums. At Advance Dental Clinic, our team lives by the motto that prevention is better than cure and we are able to offer expert advice to help patients who wish to quit smoking. Our hygienists have expertise in helping people to give up and they will be happy to discuss methods that may help with you. One of our main missions is to prevent gum disease and we encourage regular routine check-ups and hygiene sessions for all patients. If you have a high risk of developing gum disease or you are prone to oral diseases, frequent sessions are particularly important. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults in the UK, but it is preventable and often, the key is being able to spot early signs; in the first stages, gum disease is treatable, so seeing your dentist quickly can make a significant difference to your oral health. Look out for swollen and painful gums and check for traces of blood when you spit when you brush your teeth; if you notice any of these signs, give us a call and we will make an appointment for you. If mild gum disease is left untreated, it can quickly become more serious and advanced gum disease, known as periodontal disease, causes irreversible damage to the gums and also the bone structure beneath. This causes the teeth to become loose in their sockets and they will eventually fall out. If you smoke and you are worried about the impact it may be having on your oral health, we recommend making an appointment to see our outstanding dental hygienists. They can give your mouth a thorough clean, work with the rest of the dental team to assess your oral health and treat any existing dental issues and talk through some therapies and treatments, which may be beneficial; this may include nicotine replacement and group sessions, for example.