As we have highlighted on our page about mouth cancer, many studies have shown that smoking and using tobacco products have a detrimental effect on our teeth and gums. Smoking is the main cause of mouth cancer, with thousands of people dying every year from the disease, which has been brought on by smoking.
Tobacco affects the gum tissue cells, making smokers more prone to getting infections in the form of gum and periodontal diseases.
Other negative effects of smoking are: bad breath, stained teeth, jawbone loss, shrinking gums, mouth sores, decreased senses of taste and smell, poor healing of mouth sores and a hairy tongue.
As dental professionals it is important for us to inform you about the risks smoking poses and to patients quit by providing information and support – not telling you off.
By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products, your oral health will benefit very quickly and you will notice improvements in your mouth. It is essential that you come into our practice for regular dental health examinations so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.