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How Stoptober will help your teeth

October is here and that means that the annual Stoptober campaign is underway. Most people know about the impact of smoking on your heart and lungs but giving up smoking can also be hugely beneficial for your teeth. If you are thinking of trying to quit after being inspired by Stoptober, we are here to help! Research suggests that if you can avoid smoking for a month, you have a really good chance of quitting for good.

How smoking affects your oral health

When you smoke, you expose your body to numerous toxic chemicals and some of them can be incredible harmful to your oral health. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it slows blood flow to your gums, it increases healing time after dental treatment and it puts you at risk of failed dental implant treatment. It is also very common for smokers to suffer from bad breath and smoking also discolours and stains the teeth.

One of the most alarming effects of smoking is an elevated risk of oral cancer. Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth and smoking is the main risk factor. Many people don’t know much about oral cancer, but it has become increasingly common in the UK in the last ten years, with the number of cases rising by almost a third.

How Stoptober can help

Giving up smoking has benefits for almost every organ in the body. In terms of your oral health, quitting will decrease your risk of oral diseases such as gum disease and help you avoid staining and bad breath. You’ll also have a lower risk of mouth cancer.

Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but if you want to try, we’re here to help and support you and cheer you on. Get in touch now if you’d like to find out more.

The Effects of Smoking on Your Health and Wellbeing

The negative effects (to put it lightly!) of smoking are common knowledge nowadays and recently passed laws, such as the smoking ban in public buildings, has attempted to reduce the risk of secondary smoke to non-smokers. But what are the most common effects of smoking, and how many of them are permanent?

Cancer

Cancer is one of the first things most people think of on the subject of diseases caused by smoking. The list of cancers that smokers put themselves at risk of may be longer than one would first think, including lung, throat, stomach, bladder, kidney, mouth, cervix and pancreas cancer. Smokers are also much more likely to develop cancer compared to non smokers too, up to seven times more likely according to some studies.

Heart diseases

Multiple heart diseases are risked by smokers, and the chances of falling prey to a heart attack or a stroke are greatly increased by smoking. Heightened blood pressure and the hardening and thickening of artery walls – which decreases blood flow and can even cause blood clots, both primary causes of heart attacks – are also problems linked to smoking.

The thickening of artery walls can wear off with time once you have given up smoking, and the likelihood of having a heart attack can be reduced with it. For the effects to fully wear off, however, it can take a prolonged period of time, in some cases a number of years.

Lung diseases

The primary problem for the lungs to do with smoking is issues with breathing, shortness of breath and long coughing attacks which can be caused by the carbon monoxide in cigarettes. Luckily, the lungs are much more proficient at cleaning themselves than the heart and you may begin to feel a difference in breathing patterns and stamina within just a few days of your last cigarette.

Available help

With public awareness on the health issues of smoking so high, there are many places to turn for help with quitting including the NHS who do free Quit Smoking packs.