Smoking cessation in Bromley – all your need to know

Smoking cessation in Bromley – all your need to know

Nicotine is a difficult addiction to quit, but every attempt brings you one step closer to success. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health and your lifestyle and your dentist can help you achieve it. Your smile will thank you for it.

At All Smiles Dental in Bromley, we are here to inform you about the health risks of smoking and help you quit by giving you information and support. Quitting smoking will benefit your overall health and dental health as you will notice changes in your teeth and gums. Our experienced dentists will help you maintain good oral health and provide you with advice and encouragement constantly.

Smoking Cessation in BromleySmoking and your oral health

Besides containing nicotine, which is addictive, tobacco products can also increase your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, bad breath, stained teeth as well as damage your sense of taste and smell. Patients who smoke are also not ideal candidates for dental implants or other invasive dental procedures, since smoking can delay healing considerably.

More alarmingly, tobacco products damage the gum tissue by affecting the support and balance of bone and soft tissue to the teeth. This can lead to receding gums, tooth decay or missing teeth.

How we can help

As dentists, we can help you quit smoking and encourage you to stick to your decision. As an expert in oral health care, your dentist is trained and skilled in detecting early signs of gum disease, oral cancer and other problems caused by smoking. Smokers may be completely unaware of the effects of smoking on their oral health. Our dentists can educate and inform patients of the risks as well as provide cessation services including nicotine patches, inhalators, chewing gum, nose or mouth spray, lozenges or prescription drugs to help reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. If you are a heavy smoker, you may require more than one of these products for positive results. Even if you are not entirely ready to quit smoking, our smoking cessation services can help you reduce and gradually give up in the future.

Contact us today and we will help you determine which option is better for you.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Most smokers know that their habit is bad for their health. The side-effects of smoking on the lungs and the heart, for example, have been well-proven and well documented. But did you know that smoking can also cause serious problems for your dental health?

smoking cessationYou might know that smoking causes bad breath and leads to staining of the teeth. However, smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes can also cause or contribute to changes in your sense of taste or smell, sores in the mouth, gum disease, bone loss, snoring and shrinking of the gums. Treatments such as dental implants are also much more likely to fail in patients who smoke, while the restricting effect of smoking on the blood stream can lead to problems with healing and extended recovery times after tooth extractions and other oral surgery. Then there’s the increased risk of oral cancer and of tooth loss because of the extra tartar smokers develop on their teeth.

We know that giving up smoking is difficult, but we also know that many smokers would like to quit. That’s why we offer a smoking cessation service with our pharmacist, Nina, who can provide you with the help and support needed to kick the habit once and for all.

As dentists, we are well-placed to spot the early signs of oral health problems caused by smoking, and in addition to treating those problems we can refer you to a smoking cessation clinic or to your GP, as smoking cessation services are available on the NHS.

You may be given nicotine-replacement products such as gum, patches, inhalators or sprays, and may find it helps to combine two or more of these products. They can help combat the side-effects of nicotine withdrawal, which include irritability, poor concentration and trouble sleeping.

Even if you don’t feel ready to completely give up smoking yet, our smoking cessation service can help you to cut down on the amount you smoke, with a view to giving up in the future. All of this is great not just for your dental health, but for your whole body.