The public are becoming more aware of the dangers of smoking and there has been a large campaign in the UK to reduce the amount of people who do smoke. The major concern for us at Allenton Dental is the risk to oral health.
Smoking can seriously affect your oral health damaging the mouth, teeth and gums. The most visible effect of smoking is staining on the teeth. Some smokers notice their teeth becoming more yellow after a short time whereas people who have smoked for a longer period of time complain of their teeth becoming completely brown. This staining can usually be removed with a scale but can return quite quickly if smoking continues.
Another issue concerned with smoking is gum disease which can be quite problematic. The symptoms of gum disease include sore, inflamed and bleeding gums which if left untreated can cause tooth loss. The problem with smoking is that it hides the earlier symptoms such as bleeding which isn’t always visible in people who smoke and so the first indication is when the tooth has become loose which is irreversible. Smoking can increase the progression of tooth loss as it destroys the bone around the tooth which holds it in place. Smokers tend to find that when they give up smoking their gums can bleed more, this is a healthy sign as it shows the gums are healing and with good oral hygiene instruction this can be eliminated.
The most serious problems caused by smoking is mouth cancer, this can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. Other symptoms include difficulty eating and swallowing. If you suffer with any of these symptoms it is vital to see a dentist to ensure that everything is fine.
It is always advisable to give up smoking for a healthier lifestyle but we know this is not always possible so if you are concerned with the any of the effects of smoking and would like to discuss this with one of our dentists then please contact us at Allenton Dental on 01332 700244.