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 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.