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Four Reasons to Quit Smoking to Save Your Teeth

The dangers of smoking for your heart and lungs are well-documented, but often, the impact of smoking on the mouth is overlooked. If you’re a smoker, there are many reasons to try and give up, including:

  1. Lower risk of gum disease: gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in UK adults. Gum disease is often linked to poor oral hygiene, but studies show that smoking can also put you at risk of sore and swollen gums. This is because smoking reduces blood flow to the gums. Symptoms of gum disease include inflammation, pain, redness and bleeding when you brush.
  2. Lower risk of bad breath: smoking is one of the leading causes of bad breath due to the chemicals present in cigarettes. Bad breath can be a sign of underlying oral health issues, but it can also affect your confidence, especially in situations where you’re in close contact with others, for example, when riding the tube or train or when speaking to somebody during a date or an interview.
  3. Reduced risk of oral cancer: oral cancer affects the soft tissue in your mouth and throat. It is an increasingly common form of cancer in the UK, and the number of cases has risen by a third in the last decade. Smoking is the most significant risk factor for mouth cancer. Cancer Research UK estimates that more than 60 percent of cases of oral cancer are linked to smoking.
  4. Brighter, whiter teeth: smoking is one of the most potent threats to bright, white smiles. Chemicals like tar are known to stain the teeth, making the smile look less attractive.

If you’d like help and support with trying to quit smoking, we are here. Just give us a call or talk to your dentist at your next appointment.

Four Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Can Save Your Teeth

If you’re a smoker, you may be aware of the links to respiratory problems and some types of cancer, but have you ever stopped to think about how smoking affects your mouth? At Advance Dental, we are here to help patients give up smoking and we can provide support, advice and treatments to help you quit for good. Here are just 4 reasons why giving up could save your smile:

  1. Gum disease: smoking increases the risk of gum disease, as it reduces blood flow to the gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in adults. Advanced gum disease affects the bone tissue that lies beneath the gums, which causes the teeth to come loose in their sockets and eventually fall out.
  2. Staining: do you long for a bright, white smile? Smoking is one of the leading causes of staining and discolouration due to the presence of agents and chemicals like tar. Giving up smoking won’t make your teeth whiter, but it will prevent further staining.
  3. Bad breath: if you suffer from bad breath, this can affect your confidence and it may also make life tougher when it comes to dating or trying to get a job. Smoking is a common cause of bad breath, also known as halitosis.
  4. Oral cancer: smoking is the most potent risk factor for oral cancer, a form of cancer that has become increasingly common in the UK. By giving up smoking, you could reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer significantly.

If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you to give up smoking or you’d more information about the effects of smoking on oral health, why not get in touch with us today?

Four Ways Stopping Smoking Will Help Your Teeth

We tend to focus on our heart and lungs when we talk about the benefits of giving up smoking, but did you know that quitting can also have major benefits for your teeth? Here are just 4 of the reasons your oral health will improve when you stop smoking:

  1. Reduced risk of gum disease: smoking reduces blood flow to the gums, which increases the risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in British adults. Signs to look out for include swollen and sore gums, increased redness and bleeding when you brush.
  2. Lower risk of bad breath: smoking is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Although brushing your teeth and hewing sugar-free gum can help to disguise odours, nothing will work better than giving up smoking.
  3. Cleaner, whiter teeth: cigarettes contain hundreds of different chemicals, many of which can stain and discolour your teeth. If you smoke, you may have noticed that your teeth have a yellow or brown tinge. Giving up smoking will help to prevent further staining and make you smile look whiter and brighter.
  4. Decreased risk of oral cancer: did you know that the number of cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the UK has increased by over a third in the last ten years? Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth. Smoking is the leading risk factor for mouth cancer, and it is particularly dangerous when combined with drinking alcohol. If you drink and smoke, you’re up to 30 times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker who doesn’t drink.

If you want to give up smoking, our expert dental team is on hand to help. We have expertise and experience in providing advice and support to patients who are trying to give up smoking, and we’re here to cheer you on every step of the way.