Last year, the government revealed ambitious plans to eradicate smoking in England by 2030. With only 14% of the population smoking in 2020 compared to 40% in the 1970s, it could be an achievable goal. For the 14% still smoking, one of the health risks that often goes overlooked is that which affects teeth and oral health. Let’s look at a few benefits of quitting for the sake of your teeth and gums.
Prevent tooth loss
Even if you smoke and you are a meticulous brusher and flosser, you are still susceptible to tooth loss. Smoking irritates your gums and smokers develop gum disease that progresses at a faster rate than in non-smokers. Severe gum disease will lead to loss of bone and tissue which are essential for anchoring your teeth in place. Once your teeth are no longer anchored, tooth loss can occur.
Have a healthier-looking smile
Having discoloured and unhealthy-looking teeth can feel demoralising and affect your confidence. Smoking causes discolouration that can look unsightly and prevent you from wanting to smile. Quitting smoking will prevent further discolouration, and treatments like teeth whitening can restore a healthy shade to your smile, giving you the opportunity to start anew.
Significantly reduce your risk of developing mouth cancers
Tobacco products increase your chance of developing mouth, tongue and lip cancers. The American Cancer Society’s research showed that around 90% of people with these type of cancers were smokers; smokers are 6 times more likely to become unwell.
Freshen your breath
Smokers stand out amongst non-smokers when it comes to their breath and making a good first impression with a new partner or employer could all hinge on your smoking habits. Feel confident about your breath and smile by quitting smoking – you’ll also find your taste buds are much more alert too, rather than being numbed by the smoke!
If you would like to make an appointment here at our Norwich practice, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you.