With the theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”, World No Tobacco Day 2020 is here.
The team at EK Dental Surgery can certainly get behind an event that promotes health! Which is why we’re covering a couple of reasons why quitting smoking, even if you’ve tried before, may be a worthwhile goal.
#1. Smokers are 50% more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers
Advanced research has shown smoking has been linked to an increased risk of infection, including gum disease. Gum diseases are often a painful problem which will eventually cause tooth loss.
#2. Smoking inhibits your body’s ability to heal
Whenever your body undergoes trauma, whether that’s a serious surgery or minor cut, it relies on a robust flow of healthy blood to heal. Smoking, however, restricts blood vessels and diminishes the quantity of blood that moves throughout the system.
#3. Tobacco users are 6 times more likely to develop oral cancer
While oral cancer can occur in anyone, people that use tobacco are at a way greater risk. Oral cancer can affect the tongue, throat, cheeks, or the other area of the mouth. If caught early oral cancer are often successfully treated.
#4. Yellow teeth and bad breath are incredibly common
Tobacco products contain tar and nicotine. Both of these ingredients can stick to teeth, gums, and the tongue and are difficult to remove. Because of this, smokers and users of other forms of tobacco usually have discoloured teeth and unpleasant breath.
#5. Tooth loss is 2 times more prevalent in smokers
Due to several of other reasons above, like a drier mouth and a decreased ability to heal, smokers are more likely to suffer more tooth loss than non-smokers.
Oftentimes, smokers may lose their teeth before their non-using counterparts.
This is especially important right now as studies show that smokers have a higher risk of acquiring a severe case of coronavirus.
Join us in the fight to become a tobacco-free generation.
Reasons to Smile in Glen Waverley!
If you’re unsure where to start the quest towards a smoke-free life, we welcome you to call our dental office in Glen Waverley.
We can work together to determine how quitting can benefit your oral and overall health and talk about ways you can try to quit.
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