Stoptober is Nearly Over
But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t quit smoking.
The NHS campaign ‘Stoptober’ will be coming to a close at the end of this month, although the general campaign will continue to run.
Some people find the support and encouragement to quit smoking during this month very helpful, whilst others may not even have noticed it at all. The valued patients of Blue Sky Dental will know that our Chelmsford dentists will always encourage you to stop smoking; not part of a ‘moral’ campaign, but aimed at improving the overall health of your mouth, teeth and gums.
Smoke free zone
Like most dental practices, our reception areas became smoke free zones a long time before smoking in enclosed public areas was banned. Not only does this create a more pleasant environment for our patients, but also acts as an encouragement to stop smoking. The public ban too seems to have increased the number of people who have stopped smoking and this can only be a good thing for the nation’s oral health.
Cancers and gum disease
Smoking, in fact, dramatically increases the likelihood of suffering from oral cancers and can also increase the potential for severe gum disease. The dry mouth that smokers often suffer from, encourages the bacteria present in gum disease to multiply, making them hard to control with regular dental care. Smokers especially should ensure that they visit the Blue Sky Dental hygienist on a regular basis to have any hardened plaque removed from their teeth and gums. Of course, non smokers should also do this too.
Smoking can also cause a restriction of blood flow to the gums meaning that any infections are likely to linger longer.
Whilst once, smoking was acceptable, and many older Chelmsford patients may recall the days of offices and shops full of smoke, this is no longer the case. Smoking is now generally considered to be anti-social but the smell of cigarette smoke though, is not the worst of it. Smokers are prone to gum disease, which, as well as threatening the teeth also can often produce foul smelling breath. This is highly unpleasant as anyone who has ever experienced it will attest. There is no need to have bad breath though and quitting smoking will go a long way to helping with this.
A healthier lifestyle, combined with better oral health care and a regular visit to your Chelmsford dentist should see your oral health restored to good order following any appropriate treatment.
To arrange an appointment at Blue Sky Dental, please call us on 01245 211070.