Dental Checks Crucial for Smokers

The Priors dental practice is encouraging smokers to quit the habit and head to the dentist for a check-up as part of the No Smoking Day campaign on the 9th March.

The British Heart Foundation launched No Smoking Day to encourage smokers to think about the effects of the habit on their heart and health. We will be taking the opportunity to highlight the effects of smoking on people’s mouth, gums and teeth.

Principal Dentist Dr Mark Emms explains: “I’m always surprised at how many people don’t consider the effects that smoking has on their mouth, gums and teeth. It’s not just cosmetic – smoking also is a major contributory factor to gum disease and increases the risk of mouth cancer too.”

He continues: “I can’t emphasise the importance of regular check-ups with your dentist enough – we carry out checks that are distinct to dentistry and can identify problems with your overall health as well as your teeth, gums, mouth and bones. Here at The Priors, as part of our routine check-ups we always assess signs of any abnormalities in the gums, on the tongue and glands as well as taking a look at the overall facial profile for signs of any changes.”

He adds: “Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of smokers using E-cigarettes as they are perceived as less harmful than traditional cigarettes. However, as a dentist I am concerned that there hasn’t been an awful lot of research into the effects of E-cigarettes. A recent independent research report by Public Health England (PHE) highlights that they are “95% less harmful” than traditional cigarettes – so they are not without their risks and they still contain nicotine, which can be harmful to your teeth and mouth. We would encourage all our clients to consider other replacement therapies such as nicotine patches.”

To find out more about No Smoking Day, visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk

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