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A cause that we can get behind, though, is World No Tobacco Day.
It was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and celebrated every year on the 31st day of May.
Its mission is to bring awareness to the health complication caused by tobacco and encourage tobacco users of all kinds to once and for all quit.
Here are the top 5 effects of smoking on oral health:
#1 Gum Disease
Smokers may not have the common first signs of gum diseases, such as redness, swelling, and bleeding.
If you look closer, other signs of gum disease are present, such as bone loss and periodontal pockets.
#2 Oral Cancer
Oral cancer develops in the tissues of the mouth or throat. It can occur in the tongue, tonsils, gums, and other parts of the mouth.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or using smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco is one of the most well-known risks of oral cancer.
#3 Slowed Healing
Smoking slows down blood flow throughout your oral cavity and thus, delays the healing process.
Smoking may lead to:
- Dry socket – a slow healing tooth socket after a tooth removal which is very painful.
- Increased pain after oral and gum surgery.
- Less success if you have dental implants.
Contact your Northmead dentist if you have any problems after dental treatment.
#4 Stained Teeth
Nicotine and tar found in cigarettes are doing the staining — from your hands and walls in your home to your teeth.
Visit your Northmead dentist today for a teeth whitening procedure.
#5 Bad Breath
Tobacco products—whether it’s cigarettes, chew, or pipe—all cause bad breath and lead to much more serious oral health issues.
Stop Smoking Today!
Consult your Northmead dentist to create a quitting plan that’s best for you and your oral health.
GAP FREE Check-up and Clean in Northmead
We offer all patients gap-free check-ups, cleans and all preventative treatments if you are in a private health fund*
*$180 for patients without a private health fund
We are your family-friendly dental practice located at 19/5-7 Kleins Rd in Northmead.