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The effects of smoking on dental health

Smoking is a lifestyle choice that can have a significant detrimental effect on your overall well-being. The systemic effects of smoking are well-known and clearly indicated on tobacco products; however, despite warnings and restrictions, smoking continues to be a popular lifestyle choice throughout the world, dating back to the last four centuries. It is a highly addictive habit that can affect multiple organ systems and result in numerous tobacco-related diseases. Most people are aware of smoking-induced lung cancer and heart disease; however, smoking can affect all parts of your body in different ways, including your dental health.

To begin with, smoking can result in tooth staining and bad breath. Nicotine and tar can stain your teeth very quickly in a short amount of time, resulting in stubborn yellow stains that do not disappear with brushing alone. Bacterial plaque is also more prevalent in smokers, and over time, this can lead to the formation of tartar, which can form cavities in your teeth, resulting in tooth decay and even tooth loss. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen that circulates your body, and this can weaken your gums, making them more susceptible to disease. If you continue to smoke, you will be at a higher risk of having serious complications that are often irreversible; however, with smoking cessation Sutton, you can reduce the impact of smoking on your body sooner rather than later.

Here at Benhill Dental Practice, we will give you plenty of advice and guidance on smoking cessation Sutton. Your dental health is our priority, and our professional advice is that with smoking cessation Sutton, you can stop smoking gradually and successfully restore your dental health and overall well-being with time and effort.

Oral cancer from smoking

Smoking is one of the main causes of oral cancer, and each year several thousands of people are affected by smoking-induced oral cancer. This may begin as a small tumour in your mouth, either on your tongue, gums or on the inside of your cheeks. If you suffer from oral ulcers that are painful and persistent or find lumps in your mouth that are also persistent, then you have to visit our dentist as early as possible to prevent further complications in the future. Unfortunately, oral cancer can cause significant complications, but with smoking cessation, you can help prevent oral cancer from occurring or, if you are already suffering from cancer, prevent it from recurring.

If oral cancer is detected early on, then it can be treated successfully and with fewer complications and effects on other parts of your body. Therefore, here at Benhill Dental Practice, we offer oral cancer screening to make sure that you have good oral health and are free from any signs or symptoms of oral cancer. We recommend that you visit our dentist annually for your oral cancer screening, and we also hope that you visit us very soon to find out more about smoking cessation. Let us work with you to achieve a healthier lifestyle and better well-being.