Practically everyone knows that smoking can have a deadly impact on your body, however, many people don’t realise the damage smoking causes to our mouths, teeth and gums.
Every puff of smoke that gets into our bodies starts by passing our lips, tongue, teeth and gums, impacting on our oral health by causing tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer.
A smoker’s mouth is not pretty thanks to the unattractive yellow stains that tar and nicotine leave on our teeth. Over time this discolouration can become more permanent as it seeps into the enamel. Regular hygiene appointments can prevent this from happening. We recommend seeing Rebecca every three months.
It’s no surprise that smokers have bad breath and it’s not the kind that can be easily disguised by sucking a mint! More than 4,000 chemicals pass through your mouth every time you smoke, many of which collect on the surface of your mouth. This may cause a dry mouth as well as increasing the risk of gum infections.
The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums fail to heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and for gum disease to progress more rapidly than in non-smokers. Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. If you are concerned about your gums or you are finding your teeth are becoming loose – we can help. Why not come and speak to one of the team to find out ways in which we can get your mouth healthy.
Here at Sunshine Dental we encourage you to attend regularly so that any changes in your mouth can be identified such as white patches and ulcers that don’t heal. We routinely carry out oral cancer screening at examination appointments and as dental care professionals we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice, support and encouragement on stopping smoking. By cutting down or stopping your mouth benefits very quickly and you will notice changes almost immediately.
If you would like further information or are worried about your teeth and gums, why not ring us for a friendly chat on 0115 9733591. We are here to help.