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Smoking and Your Oral Health


article by Raha Sepehrara

Smoking is a major health issue in our country. Approximately 70,000 people die each year due to smoking related problems.

Smoking affects every part of the human body as we are all aware. Looking at smoking from an oral health point of view, the habit causes several serious problems.

Smoking causes the following:

  • gum problems leading to tooth loss,
  • severe tooth staining,
  • bad breath,
  • higher risk of mouth cancer,
  • poor healing of dental treatments, such as gum treatment, extractions, implant surgeries.

A smoker is four times more likely to stop if they have help and your dentist and dental team can help. We can help by directing you in the right way by finding a support organisation, we can help you find a hypnotherapist whose special field of interest is smoking cessation, we can help you with your oral health care and with motivating you to stop smoking.

Please don’t forget that if you are a smoker, you will not be able to have dental implant surgery as your gums will not heal well and your implants would fail. Also be aware that if you are a smoker, you are more likely to have more pain after the removal of a tooth as the healing is impaired by the smoking.

We know that there is a marked overall health improvement when a smoker stops this habit, we know we can provide dental treatment successfully as well.


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