Does smoking affect my oral health?

Thousands of people in the UK go smoke free each year. People are more aware of the effects smoking can have on your body, as well as others around you.

Facts

Smoking and Dentist

  • Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances.
  • Second hand smoke harms everyone.
  • Second hand smoke exposes babies to a greater risk of cot death.

 The most damaging products which are found in cigarettes are:

  • Tar – a carcinogen (substance that causes cancer)
  • Nicotine is addictive and increases cholesterol levels in your body.
  • Carbon Monoxide which reduces oxygen in the body.
  • Research has shown that smoking reduces life expectancy by seven or eight years.

There are many risks associated with smoking, the major risks are Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. Other risks caused by smoking  are:

  • Increases your risk of periodontal disease which causes swollen gums, bad breath and bone loss which can cause teeth to become loose.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Ulceration’s within the mouth.
  • Stains teeth and gums.

There are many reasons to give up smoking from the physical side to the financial benefits. Everyone knows that the price of cigarettes has risen over the past few years.

On a typical pack of 20 premium cigarettes the total tax burden of £6.91 accounts for 74% of the recommended retail price (RRP) of £9.40.   The average cigarettes a smoker smokes is approximately 15 a day.

If you go smoke free you could save:

  • £212 a month
  • £1270 6 months
  • £2573 a year

Which means you could save a lot of money and put it towards a holiday or other activities you enjoy. If you are planning on going smoke free just pop in to your dentist and collect your information pack.

The other option is to call 08001690169 for details on your nearest free stop smoking service.

For more information please visit http://smokefree.nhs.uk/