Smoking: what it does to your mouth

When you think of the harm that smoking tobacco causes, you probably worry most about lung cancer. Maybe you think that as long as you come along for bi-annual check-ups and a good clean-up from the hygienist that, as far as your oral health is concerned, you don’t need to worry too much.

Smoking Cessation in HammersmithAs dentists, the team at Kings Dental Clinic in Hammersmith gets to see close up what smoking tobacco does to the inside of your mouth, and it’s bad, very bad. The problem with tobacco smoke is that it affects your blood vessels, constricting them, and this cuts down on vital supplies of oxygen to your gums.

Gum disease

When your gums are not getting enough oxygen to keep them healthy, they are far more susceptible to gum disease, which is caused by the acids from plaque attacking first your gums and then bone underneath and your tooth roots.

Smoking makes your oxygen-deprived gums recede more quickly, exposing the tooth roots. Tooth roots are not covered in protective enamel like the crowns of your teeth are. The acids from plaque can damage them far more easily.

Oral cancer

Smoking also plays a bit part in mouth cancers, the incidence of which is on the rise. The toxic chemicals from the smoke get into the cells in the soft parts of the mouth and change them to make them grow out of control into tumours. And if you drink as well as smoke, it’s even worse because the toxins in the smoke get dissolved in the alcohol in your mouth and this makes it even easier for them to pass through the membranes into your cells.

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Also, your breath smells terrible (cigarettes and coffee is a particularly nasty breath combo) and your brown stained teeth and tongue can severely limit your chances on the dating scene.

Isn’t it about time you stopped? Come to us at Kings Dental Clinic in Hammersmith and we can help with our smoking cessation advice and support. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the conditions in your mouth improve, and what’s going on in your mouth is an indicator of what’s going on in your body.

How stopping smoking will help your oral health

Even though the number of smokers in the UK has dropped to its lowest point, one in six Brits are still smokers. Cigarette sales have been collapsing in the UK for a long time now, but it’s still important to stress the damage that smoking does to your oral health.

There is a long history of studies that have shown that smoking has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums as well as the rest of your body. Many studies have noted how smoking is a leading cause of gum disease, which, in turn, is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults, along with tooth decay.

Smoking Cessation in HammersmithHelp with quitting smoking

There is a lot of help out there for people who want to give up smoking. It can be an extremely hard task, especially with the stresses of modern life. Here at Kings Dental Clinic, we try to help as much as we can when it comes to quitting smoking.

In regular check-ups, we advise and encourage smoking cessation in Hammersmith. Our support can come in the form of advice and suggestions on ways to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke, with the aim of quitting altogether.

We can suggest nicotine products that may help and give advice on the best ways to use them to reach your goals.

What effects does smoking have on my oral health?

Smoking has lots of effects on your oral health. Tobacco actually affects the gum tissue cells, making them more prone to infections from gum diseases. Gum diseases affect three out of every four adults over the age of 35 in the UK and 50% of gum disease is caused by smoking, so it’s a problem that needs attention.

Gum disease isn’t something that just happens in later life. More than half of the teenagers in the UK have some kind of gum disease.

Another huge issue that smoking brings is mouth cancer, which affects thousands of people every year.

Quitting smoking is better for so many aspects of your life and there is plenty of help out there, so why not start your journey today?

Smoking cessation in Hammersmith

There is no getting around it – smoking is bad for your teeth and it is bad for you. It is likely to give you bad breath and tooth discoloration and can cause various inflammations in the mouth. You are less likely to be a viable candidate for some highly restorative dental treatments like dental implants and the bone in your jaw is at more risk of deterioration. This means a decreased ability to support the teeth or implants. Smoking also contributes to the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and increases your risk of developing gum disease, which puts you at risk of losing teeth. In the long run, it’s going to be easier all round if you can stop now.

smoking-cessation-in-hammersmithBe free of smoking and its effects

You can be free of smoking in quite a short space of time and there is so much help available for smoking cessation. In Hammersmith, at Kings Dental Clinic, we want to be able to start to help you repair and reverse the effects of smoking. Once you have quit, there are things we can do to give you a bright smile again including teeth whitening and a good clean to remove plaque and tartar. The body is pretty great and starts to heal itself from the effects of smoking straight away. Any healing that you need to do from dental treatment or any other health problem will then be faster and more effective.

Oral cancer screening

If you are a smoker or have been recently then you can be at higher risk of cancer. One of the services we offer is an oral cancer screening programme, during which we check your mouth for any unusual lumps and bumps and check out what those might be. It is important that if you have anything you are concerned about including; lesions, a feeling of something stuck in your throat, or persistent pain that you see your doctor or dentist straight away.

A great way to reduce your risk is smoking cessation. In Hammersmith, at Kings Dental Clinic, we always do what we can to encourage our patients to quit and think it is an amazing thing to choose to do for yourself and your health.