Dental problems associated with Tobacco Use
Most of us know that smoking with bad for our health, but did you know that smoking is also a major contributor to many dental problems. Cigarettes aren’t the only products to blame. All forms of tobacco, including cigars and smokeless tobacco pose dental health concerns.
So what does it do?
- Greatly increases the risk of oral cancer, a disease that progresses rapidly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early.
- Significantly increases the risk of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
- (Smoking in particular) can slow down healing after oral surgery procedures, such as having a tooth extracted.
- Can damage gums and cause receding gums, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed. This could increase the risk of tooth decay and cause sensitivity.
- Can cause bad breath.
- Causes stains on teeth that can’t be removed with regular brushing.
- Can cause a build-up of tartar, which could require you to get more frequent scaling.
NHS Smoking Helpline – 0300 123 1044
Further information and support:
People who use NHS support are up to four times more likely to quit smoking than those who try to stop alone.
All areas have a free local NHS Stop Smoking Service that provides the medication and support you need to help you quit.
Nine out of ten people using a stop smoking service would recommend it to another person who wants to stop smoking.
To find your local service, call the smoking helpline on 0300 123 1044 or ask your doctor or nurse to refer you to your local service.
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