World No Tobacco Day — 31st May 2021
It was created by the World Health Organisation (WHO), aiming to bring awareness to the health complication caused by tobacco and encourage tobacco users of all kinds to quit.
Top 5 Effects of Smoking on Oral Health
1. Periodontal Disease
Tobacco is a major risk factor in the development and severity of periodontal disease, as well as in response to periodontal therapy.
2. Oral Cancer
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer vary per individual.
Some of the most common signs are mouth sores or pain that doesn’t seem to go away.
3. Delayed Healing
Nicotine narrows the small blood vessels that bring oxygen, nutrients, and healing factors to the injured area.
This slows down healing and may prolong the duration of your pain.
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.
Consult your West Ryde 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.
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.
Apart from leaving your mouth smelling like an ashtray, they damage the gum tissue and cause gum disease.
Quit Smoking Today!
Consult your dentist at West Ryde Dental Clinic to create a quitting plan that’s best for you and your oral health.
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