Smoking & Tobacco
Most people know that smoking is bad for their general health. It can damage any part of the body, in some cases causing fatal diseases. However, many people don't realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth.
Smoking can lead to tooth staining and discolouration, bad breath, dulled sense of taste and smell, gum disease, tooth loss and most seriously mouth cancer. Smoking can also affect the success of dental treatment such as implant placement, and slows healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery.
Quitting smoking is the only way to decrease your risk of tobacco related health problems. The addictive quality of nicotine can make this difficult. Write down the reasons for quitting, have a plan and gain support from family and friends. Exercising, chewing sugar free gum and keeping yourself occupied can help you quit.
The 5 D's are a handy tool to help you on your journey:
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http://nicorette.ie/successful-quitting is a useful resource for our patients considering quitting smoking.