World No Tobacco Day, which takes places on 31 May each year, is an initiative of the World Health Organisation which seeks to support people in their attempts to give up tobacco through various initiatives and digital solutions.
Top 5 Effects of Smoking on Oral Health
#1 Gum Disease
When left untreated, your gums and the tissues around your teeth can become irritated and recede away from the teeth.
- Tobacco is a guilty party as smokers who smoke 1.5 packs per day are 6 times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers.
- Smoking limits blood vessel growth, which slows the healing process for damaged gums.
- Fortunately, smokers that quit can return their risk of gum disease to that of a non-smoker in about 11 years.
#2 Oral Cancer
Chewing tobacco and using other tobacco products can cause cancer in the cheeks, gums, and lips.
#3 Delayed Healing
Smoking slows down blood flow throughout your oral cavity and thus, delays the healing process.
Because of this, simple dental procedures become more complicated:
- Dental implants would have a higher chance to fail
- Tooth extraction site would be more prone to infection
- Gum disease treatment would be less effective
#4 Discoloured or Stained Teeth
The biggest sources of teeth stains are food (coffee, red wine, etc.) and tobacco. The first is fine in moderation. Tobacco, however, is not.
Nicotine and tar found in cigarettes are doing the staining — from your hands and walls in your home to your teeth.
Visit your Cardiff dentist today for a teeth whitening procedure.
#5 Bad Breath
Habitual smoking can leave a residual tobacco smell, but bacteria build-up can also cause bad breath or halitosis.
Stop Smoking Today!
Consult your Cardiff dentist to create a quitting plan that’s best for you and your oral health.
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Contact us today on (02) 4954 6888 or visit us at 434B Kelton St in Cardiff.
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