Stoptober is in Full Effect
October has started, and with it a new campaign to quit smoking. Stoptober is starting in the United Kingdom, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t extend here to the US as well. Not only is smoking bad for your regular health, but it’s especially hard on your teeth and gums. If you’ve been looking for a reason to quit, here it is.
Research shows that the people that are able to give up smoking for the entire month are much more successful in giving up smoking for good. So how exactly does smoking affect your teeth?
- Staining: Of course, it’s very easy to stain your teeth with the nicotine and tar flowing into your mouth from the cigarette. With heavy smokers, it can completely change the color of your teeth from white to yellow or even brown.
- Gum disease: The smoke changes the kind of bacteria that is in plaque, increasing the amount of bacteria that is already harmful to your teeth and gums. The more bacteria, the higher your chances of getting gum disease.
- Reduced blood flow: Smoking slows the blood flow in your gums can weaken the supporting tissues holding your teeth together. This can increase your chances of inflammation and gum disease, which can eventually result in tooth loss.
- Cancer: Lung cancer isn’t the only cancer you need to be worried about if you’re a smoker. Smoking is the leading cause of mouth and throat cancer.
Use Stoptober as your excuse to quit smoking now. Not only will it save you some money, it’ll save both your dental and overall health. If you want more information as to how smoking can affect your overall dental health or think you might have any smoking-related dental issue, give Dr. Real a call at (714) 525-2888 to make an appointment.