World No Tobacco Day 2021 in Forster: Commit to Quit!
31 May 2021 is World Health Organisation (WHO) World No Tobacco Day.
The theme this year is “Commit to Quit”.
At Forster Dental Centre, Dr Oxenbould and our entire Forster dental team have an interest in keeping you tobacco-free: It makes your teeth healthier too.
Top 5 Effects of Smoking on Oral Health
1. Periodontal Disease
Smoking is bad for your health, and that includes your gums.
If you smoke, you have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease and, if you do have it, it is likely to be more severe and harder to treat than for non-smokers.
The more you smoke and the longer you are a smoker, the higher your risk becomes.
2. Mouth Cancer
Most people know that smoking can cause lung and throat cancer, but many people still don’t know that it is one of the main causes of mouth cancer too.
Every year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
3. Delayed Healing
Smoking slows down blood flow throughout your oral cavity and thus, delays the healing process.
Because of this, simple dental procedures become more complicated:
- 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. Stained Teeth
Smoking or using chewing tobacco products make the teeth enamel more likely to stain.
Once you start using nicotine products, it doesn’t take long for your teeth to take on a yellowish appearance.
A teeth whitening procedure at Forster Dental Centre can help remove any stains and discolourations, making your teeth up to 8 shade lighter.
5. Bad Breath, or Halitosis
Tobacco products have a distinct odour that stays in the mouth after consumption.
Smoking tobacco also dries up the mouth, which makes smokers more prone to gum diseases and bad breath.
Stop Smoking Today!
Consult your Forster dentist to create a quitting plan that’s best for you and your oral health.
We are located at 1st Floor Forster Tower, 12 Wallis St in Forster.