Wednesday 9th March marks the British Heart Foundation’s No Smoking Day.
As well as reducing chances of developing heart disease and lung cancer, did you realise an added benefit of being smoke-free is a much healthier mouth too?
Smoking can dull taste buds as well as cause staining of your teeth, which can be expensive and tricky to reverse. It can also reduce the blood flow to the gums and tissues that support the teeth in the mouth. This increases the chances of gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Shockingly, smoking is one of the main causes of mouth cancer, a disease that causes over 1,900 deaths every year in the UK alone.
Dr Henry Clover, Denplan’s Deputy Chief Dental Officer says: “Besides causing issues for your overall health, smoking can cause damage to your mouth, gums and teeth. It can lead to unsightly tooth staining, contributes significantly to gum disease and potential tooth loss. Even more seriously, smoking is one of the major risk factors in mouth cancer. Make sure you go to see your dentist regularly and take the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle habits, so that the dentist and the whole dental team can help you in the best way possible!”
It can take as little as 48 hours for a quitter’s sense of smell and taste to improve, and as little as 2 weeks for breathing to improve, making exercise easier. *
Regular visits to your dental team are essential to look after your teeth and gums, and even more so if you’re a smoker. Your dentist is best-placed to help you combat the effects of smoking, and to spot any other conditions that may need further investigation.
To find out more about No Smoking Day and for help and advice on kicking the habit, visit the official campaign website.