World No Tobacco Day 2021 in Warrnambool: Commit to Quit!
Warrnambool Dental is proud to support World No Tobacco Day and spread awareness of the link between tobacco usage and oral health.
Smoking cessation can immediately improve your oral and overall health.
If you experience any oral health concerns due to smoking or the use of tobacco products, visit your friendly Warrnambool dentist today!
Here are the top 5 effects of smoking on oral health:
#1 Gum Disease
When left untreated, your gums and the tissues around your teeth can become irritated and recede away from the teeth. The bacteria in plaque is most often the culprit for infection.
You must know:
- Tobacco is a guilty party as smokers who smoke 1.5 packs per day are 6 times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers.
- Smoking limits blood vessel growth, which slows the healing process for damaged gums.
- Fortunately, smokers that quit can return their risk of gum disease to that of a non-smoker in about 11 years.
#2 Oral Cancer
More than 28 cancer-causing chemicals are found in smokeless tobacco.
Chewing tobacco and using other tobacco products can cause cancer in the cheeks, gums, and lips.
#3 Delayed Healing
Smoking slows down blood flow throughout your oral cavity and thus, delays the healing process.
You must know:
- Dental implants would have a higher chance to fail
- Tooth extraction site would be more prone to infection
- Gum disease treatment would be less effective
#4 Discoloured and/or Stained Teeth
The primary sources of teeth stains are food (coffee, red wine, etc.) and tobacco.
Nicotine and tar found in cigarettes are doing the staining — from your hands and walls in your home to your pearly whites.
#5 Bad Breath
Smoking can leave a residual tobacco smell, but bacteria build-up can also cause bad breath or halitosis.
Quit Smoking Today!
Consult your Warrnambool dentist to create a quitting plan that’s best for you and your oral health.
Visit your Warrnambool dentist today!
Call us on (03) 5562 4433 or visit us at 454A Raglan Parade in Warrnambool.