Go smoke free for ‘No Smoking Day’

8th March 2022 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

Do you still smoke? Or do you know someone who still smokes? Wednesday 9th March, 2022, is a national day to encourage smokers and other users of nicotine to quite the habit and live smoke free, at least for a day.

heart beat shows on ECG for smoke free life

So much to gain

The British Heart Foundation is here to help.

The benefits of not smoking are so well documented these days, that everyone who smokes is aware of the damage it does. It’s worth thinking of the positive benefits of not smoking though. It’s good for your body, good for the people around you, and good for your teeth and gums.

For all the facts, follow this link to the British Heart Foundation page, outlining the downsides of different tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco. Read this, and you’ll think twice before trying sisha.

More importantly, their website also contains useful advice and contact information to help you quit smoking.

A smoke free mouth

The ill effects of smoking are not restricted to the heart. Your gums, tongue, other soft tissues in your mouth and lips are exposed to risk. Tobacco products are linked to mouth cancer, as well as other cancers. During a regular dental examination, your dentist checks the soft tissues of your mouth for lesions or lumps and refer patients who need further screening.

If it’s difficult to access regular dental checks, due to the backlog of patients with urgent needs, and a national shortage of dentists, it’s worth doing a quick self-check to make sure you haven’t got any new lumps or bumps. If you find something worrying, you should get in touch with your dentist, or other health care professional, to explain your concern.

Smoking is also bad for our teeth. Not only does it discolour teeth, it can lead to tooth loss. Smoking restricts the flow of blood to the gums, so the usual sign of periodontal disease, bleeding gums, is reduced. Left untended, gum disease leads to tooth loss.

Dentists ask questions

Your dentist will ask questions, because it’s their job to look after your oral health. But they won’t judge you. It is part of their routine examination to ask about tobacco use. If you are receptive to the idea of breaking the habit, your dentist can offer suggestions for how to quit.
People who seek support to quite ae generally more successful.

Just one day
If you can quit for just one day, then why not make it another day too?


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