Research shows that the first step on the path to giving up smoking for good is to pick a quit date [link: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters-magazine/wellbeing/stop-smoking/smoking-tips] - so if you’ve been thinking of quitting, how about 14 March 2018 - it’s National No Smoking Day! With extra news coverage on the subject, support networks on social media and an awareness boost from local health services, it’s the perfect opportunity to take that critical first step - and Rhiwbina Dental will be fully behind you.
While the effects of smoking on the heart and lungs are well documented, awareness about its impact on oral health is lagging. Smoking is seriously harmful to mouths, teeth and gums - so let us enlighten you before you light up…
When you smoke (or chew tobacco), tar and nicotine bind to your tooth enamel, causing yellow staining. Smoking reduces blood flow and saliva to the mouth, which creates the perfect environment for plaque to build up, and the plaque stains too, making teeth look even darker. The only way to rid yourself of that yellow-brown smile is to give up smoking -then you can have a professional whitening treatment [ link to: http://www.rhiwbinadental.com/treatments/cosmetic-dentistry.php] to get your teeth sparkling once again.
2 Bad breath
The smell of a cigarette can hang around you for hours afterwards, thanks to the carcinogenic cocktail that’s released into your mouth when you smoke. Inhaling all that hot smoke also parches the mouth - and with less saliva around to neutralise all those chemicals, you’re creating a happy place for bad-breath bacteria to thrive. As well as supporting you in giving up smoking for good, the hygiene team [link: http://www.rhiwbinadental.com/treatments/dental-hygienist-cardiff.php] at Rhiwbina Dental can recommend products and techniques to help with bad breath.
3 Gum disease
Smokers often find that their gums start bleeding after they’ve given up. Why? It’s all about the nicotine, which reduces blood flow to the mouth, masking the early signs of disease, i.e. bleeding gums. When you quit, normal blood flow is restored and the true extent of your gum problems are revealed. And it’s not just cigarettes that are the problem - ANY nicotine, including gum, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, have this effect on gums. If you’re giving up smoking this month, we’d recommend booking yourself in for a dental check-up and hygiene appointment so we can monitor the state of your gums and provide treatment and advice to help you stay on track.
4 Oral cancer
Everyone knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but did you know it’s responsible for three out of every four cases of mouth cancer? The risk of oral cancer seems to have flown under the radar - but its side effects are anything but subtle, sometimes leading to an inability to speak or swallow. Many people often think that vaping or chewing tobacco are ‘safer’ than cigarettes because they don’t bother the lungs - but the nicotine and chemicals they contain do affect the mouth. At Rhiwbina Dental, we routinely screen our patients for oral cancer - but by far the best thing you can do to prevent it is to stop smoking. We’re here to help, not to judge, so book an appointment today to take that first crucial step in quitting smoking for good!
This year’s National No Smoking Day is on 14 March 2018. For help and advice with quitting smoking, book a hygiene appointment at Rhiwbina Dental on
029 2062 6551.