If World No Tobacco Day has you thinking about cutting off on your smoking habit, your Wantirna South dentist, Dr Sheetal Sachdeva, offers some facts to help convince you that the time to quit is now.

In addition to its damaging consequences, smoking is also harmful to your oral health.

Here are the top 5 effects of smoking on oral health:

#1 Periodontal Disease

Smokers have a 5- to 10-fold increased risk for periodontal disease, which can become more severe as the number of cigarettes smoked increases.

#2 Oral Cancer

Chewing tobacco and using other tobacco products can cause cancer in the cheeks, gums, and lips.

#3 Delayed Healing

Smoking has an adverse effect on healing. After your teeth are extracted, or you undergo oral surgery, you should avoid smoking for at least 3 days.

Otherwise, you may end up with a very painful complication called “dry socket.”

#4 Stained Teeth

Smoking and chewing tobacco can have a negative impact on your appearance.

Stains and discolourations of teeth, dentures, and fillings are commonly seen in smokers.

Visit your Wantirna South dentist today for a teeth whitening procedure.

#5 Bad Breath

Smoking produces bad breath that is related to the strength of tobacco smoked.

Stop Smoking Today!

Any form of smoking, even light or occasional smoking, harms your body. Although it’s challenging for many smokers, quitting is possible.

When you quit, you take a leap towards a healthier life — one that can lead to reduced cancer risk and improved quality of life.

Consult your Wantirna South dentist to create a quitting plan that’s best for you and your oral health.

Call us on (03) 9800 2338 or visit us at 287 Stud Road in Wantirna South.