From your lungs to your skin to your teeth, smoking affects nearly every aspect of your body, and it’s health.
Which is why, on May 31, otherwise known as World No Tobacco Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to kick the tobacco habit and stop smoking for good.
There are few better steps you can take to improve both your general and oral health, and at True Dental Care Preston, one of our focuses is helping your general health by improving your oral health.
World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization to prevent the more than 6 million annual deaths from tobacco use and secondhand smoke around the globe.
At True Dental Care Preston, we have a deep interest in keeping you smoke-free: It makes your gums, teeth, and mouth healthier, and may well help keep you alive!
Problems Caused by Tobacco Use
Stained Teeth. One common effect of tobacco use is stained teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco.
They can lead to stained or yellow teeth in a very short time, and while stains can be temporarily reduced, they will return.
Bad breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by the ashtray smell of smoke, or by the damage done to gums and teeth by tobacco products.
Gum disease. Smokers are more likely to have bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease, decay, and cavities.
The gums are particularly affected because smoking decreases oxygen and nutrient delivery to the gums.
These cause smokers to have more dental plaque, and gum disease that develops more quickly.
Oral Cancer. Most people know that smoking causes lung cancer, but many people still don’t know that it is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer.
Each year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
Difficulty healing. Your blood brings nutrients and oxygen to the mouth, taking waste away as it leaves.
Smoking hinders blood-vessel growth making tissues in the mouth less able to heal.
What About Smokeless Tobacco?
Smokeless tobacco causes cancers of the mouth, lip, and tongue. Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco is linked to higher rates of oral cancer.
Smokeless tobacco products, just like cigarettes, contain at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals.
A few of the other known health dangers of chewing tobacco include:
- Risk for cancer of the esophagus, voice box, colon, and bladder.
- Irritated gums.
- Increased risk of tooth decay due to sugar added to enhance the flavour.
- Tooth sensitivity and erosion caused by sand and grit in smokeless tobacco.
Cigars and pipes have a set of disadvantages from both smoked and smokeless tobacco, so they are no better.
What To Do If You Currently Use Tobacco Products
If you currently use tobacco products, it is in your best interest to stop now, though quitting is seldom easy.
There are several cessation programs available to help you quit, and your friends at True Dental Care Preston are happy to discuss them with you.
The most important thing is to quit tobacco, of course. Here are a few places you can get help.
- Your doctor
- Your dentist or oral healthcare professional at True Dental Care Preston
- Quitline Tel. 13 7848 (13 QUIT)
- Australian Dental Association Tel. (03) 8825 4600
But there is one other important thing to do as well, Visit us at True Dental Care Preston.
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination designed to detect any problems related to tobacco use, including worn down teeth, discolouration, gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer, in their earliest stages.
This is important for oral cancer, which is most successfully treated when caught early.
The good news is that, if your problems are detected early, True Dental Care Preston is often able to treat stains, stop tooth deterioration, halt and reverse gum disease, and warn you of possible cancers.
Early detection allows you to seek immediate treatment, which is usually more effective.
We can also begin the restoration of your teeth and smile during the quitting process while helping you prevent any further damage to your teeth and gums.
Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to talk about your cessation program and treating your mouth!
True Dental Care Preston for your Dental Health
The foundation of True Dental Care Preston is a passion for healthy, stunning smiles.
Our team consists of Australian trained nurses, dentists, and a prosthetist.
We offer the services through in an advanced facility, with a highly-trained staff and cutting-edge technology.
We are near the corner of Donovan St and Bell St, only 25 meters from the Bell Train Station! Our offices are conveniently placed on the ground floor.
True Dental Care Preston offers a wide range of treatments, from pain management to implants and Invisalign.
Call (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.