A Festive Reminder About The Dangers Of Smoking

Make it your New Year resolution to stop this damaging habit!

Part of the role of the hygienist at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic is educational. Not only do they offer a professional, thorough clean that removes hardened bacteria from the teeth and gums, but they will also discuss any lifestyle choices which might be affecting your oral health.

One of the biggest changes that people can make, to keep their teeth and gums healthy, is to stop smoking. With the New Year coming up, this is an ideal time to take a look at some of the many good reasons why you should quit.

General health

Although we are not medical doctors, it is now widely acknowledged that smoking plays a significant part in heart and lung disease, as well as many forms of cancer. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind, that stopping smoking will be beneficial for their general health.

Oral cancers

Oral cancer can affect any area of the mouth, including cheeks, tongue and throat. Although not one of the better know cancers, it can prove fatal, or at least life changing. Smoking is one of the biggest contributory factors to this disease, and stopping smoking can only help to keep your mouth healthier. Regular checks at our Epsom dental surgery allow our dentists to examine all of your mouth for possible indications of cancers. You may be referred to your GP if we see something that we feel should be checked.

Gum disease/halitosis

The smell of cigarette smoke on the breath can be bad enough, but smoking can lead to the much more offensive halitosis. This usually occurs when the gums become infected and periodontitis occurs. The smell is a combination of decaying flesh and gaseous emissions from the harmful bacteria in your mouth. If you have smelly breath, it is time to see the hygienist or dentist at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic as soon as possible.

Stained teeth

Although the least serious of all problems that smoking can lead to; having heavily discoloured teeth is not attractive and can affect your confidence. A teeth whitening procedure may improve this somewhat, although this will depend on how heavy the staining is. For really badly stained or chipped teeth, veneers may be a more effective way of restoring the whiteness of teeth and can form part of a smile makeover to help you have great looking teeth.

With so many restrictions on the places that you can smoke, and the increasing cost of doing so, there are no real good reasons to remain a smoker. Ditching this habit will almost certainly change your life for the better, both financially and in terms of your health.

For more advice on smoking related dental issues or to make an appointment with one of our Epsom dentists, please call the Clock Tower Dental Clinic on 01372 720136.