Oral Health Issues Surrounding Smoking

Although most of our patients attend every 3 or 6 months for treatment with our hygienist and examinations with Richard, and on the whole, maintain a good oral health regime, there are still a few that compromise some of their good dental habits through smoking.

Despite the fact that smoking isn’t seen to be as trendy as in previous years, and the financial costs of smoking  being so much higher, some people still find it hard to stop. This is unfortunate as smoking causes a lot of harm, not just to your general health, but also your oral health.

One of the more antisocial aspects of smoking is the smell. Bad breath can be offensive and lead to people wanting to avoid talking to you. It is not just the smoking smell on your breath and clothes that could be a concern, but the possibility of halitosis caused by gum disease. Smokers often have a dry mouth, and smoking slows down healing. Gum disease is more likely in smokers than non-smokers. This is a serious risk to the security of your teeth if the periodontal disease is left un-treated.

Here at Battle Hill Family Dental Practice we can now offer a Stop Smoking Service Referral, provided by https://www.northumbria.nhs.uk just ask either Richard or Margaret at your next appointment.

Some helpful websites:

http://www.nicorette.co.uk/stop-smoking

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking

http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk

https://quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk

 

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