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Stop Smoking

As oral health professionals we are concerned about the effects that smoking will have on your overall health and in particular within your mouth. For the smoking population the impact on the heart, lungs and other organs may not be readily noticeable, however the appearances can be quite marked within the mouth. There are clear established links between smoking and oral cancers. Studies have reported up to a six fold increase in the likelihood of smokers developing oral cancer. Periodontitis (inflammation of the tooth supporting structures) is also increased by four times in smokers compared to non-smokers and this leads to reduced tooth support, abscess formation and ultimately the loss of a tooth.

By visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly, every 6 months, we are more likely to detect cancers and abnormalities early so as to allow for more rapid treatment to reduce further possible complications.

Depending on the number of cigarettes smoked and the length of time a person has smoked the following pathologies are some of the more common complications that are identified in smokers:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Discoloured teeth (sticky tar deposits leave black staining on the teeth)
  • An increase in calculus (tartar) build-up
  • Jaw bone loss
  • Oral cancers
  • Root caries (cavities)
  • Smoker’s lip (like a burn)
  • Altered sense of taste and smell
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Periodontal Disease

The best prevention is stopping smoking. We would strongly recommended current smokers to consider obtaining help in quitting smoking. Quit SA is a fantastic way to begin this process and they can be contacted by phone or with the following link:

Call QuitSA anytime on 1300 809522 to book an appointment.