We want you to just… STOP!
Now in its 33rd year, National Stop Smoking Day is unfortunately still needed, as one in five Britons still smoke. Now, you probably already know about how smoking can damage your lungs and heart (and those of the people around you), but you might be wondering why your dental practice is so concerned. To answer that question, we’ve compiled our…
Top Five Dental Reasons to Stop Smoking:
- Smoking is one of the main causes of bad breath.
- Smoking stains your teeth! These nicotine stains cannot be removed with a routine scale and polish on the NHS and have to be tackled by private hygiene appointments.
- Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and gum disease can progress more quickly than in non-smokers.
- Smoking slows the healing process after oral surgery, such as having a tooth removed. It can also cause infection, as the toxins from the cigarette have immediate access to an open wound.
- Smoking causes an increased risk of cancer in your lips, tongue, throat, voice box and oesophagus. A dentist will check all of these during your regular check-up.
We know it’s hard and we don’t expect you to stop alone. You are welcome to talk to us for advice at your next check-up or hygiene appointment, or phone the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 and talk to a trained, expert adviser. Their lines are open Monday – Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am to 5pm.