Smoking is harmful in many different ways for the body and your oral health is not an exception. Smoking has been linked to high blood pressure, pneumonia and lung cancer, but is also responsible for gum disease, bad breath, tooth discolouration and even more alarmingly oral cancer.
At Healthy Smile Centre we promote the benefits of smoking cessation among our patients, and we offer a wide range of tools and treatments to achieve it. As your dentist in Erskineville, we are equipped with the knowledge and experience required for this task, especially with patients whose smoking habits are harmful to their oral health.
Effects of smoking on your teeth and gums
Gum disease and oral cancer are two very serious oral threats for smokers. However, implant failure is also a side-effect of smoking. Other side-effects include:
yellow and discoloured teeth
reduced ability to taste and smell
Gum disease and smoking – a dependent situation
The association between smoking and gum disease has been well-documented in recent years. Smokers are at greater risk of developing periodontitis (late stage gum disease) compared to non-smokers. While the reasons behind this are not yet fully understood, it’s established that smoking delays the flow of blood to the gums, affecting the way gum tissue responds to healing and other processes. Moreover, smokers are more likely to experience a faster development of gum disease compared to non-smokers.
Smoking and the dentist in Erskineville
We appreciate that persuading you to quit smoking is really difficult and it’s not our intention to force you into such a situation. Once you have decided to quit smoking, our dentist in Erskineville will inform you of the different ways you can achieve it with our help. By answering your questions and providing personalised feedback after your examination, we can be a helpful ally in your journey towards complete smoking cessation.
To learn more about smoking cessation treatments and nicotine replacement therapy products that can assist you to quit smoking, give us a call and we will book a consultation appointment for you. While we don’t necessarily promote a specific treatment, you may find that some techniques are more suited to you than others.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.