No Smoking day in Pontyclun

Posted by Default Admin on 10 February 2015

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No Smoking Day takes place on Wednesday, 11th March and dentists are being urged to encourage their patients to give up cigarettes.

It is expected that more than a million smokers will make an attempt to give up the habit for good this March.

The latest figures show that adult smoking prevalence in Northern Ireland is down from 24 per cent in 2012/13 to 22 per cent in 2013/14. However, one in every two smokers die early because of their smoking habit.

Studies have found that smokers are four times more likely to succeed in quitting with help from stop smoking services than if they go it alone.

Most people are aware that smoking has been linked to causing heart disease and cancer but some are unaware of the affects that lighting up a cigarette can have on our oral health.

Here is a list of common problems that smokers experience:

  • Bad breath

  • Stained teeth

  • Increased build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth

  • A higher risk of developing gum disease

  • A slower healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery

  • Lower success rate of dental implant procedures

  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer

No Smoking Day provides dentists and other health organisations with the opportunity to explain how stopping smoking can benefit the person.

Within the first month of giving up an ex-smoker will begin to experience the following benefits:

  • Improved sense of smell

  • Improved sense of taste

  • More energy

  • Whiter teeth

  • Better breathing

  • Fresher breath

  • Younger looking skin

  • Healthier sex life

  • Lowered stress levels

  • Saving money

The treatments and solutions to periodontal disease or affected oral health caused from smoking have many different options available from dental implant surgery to periodontal disease treatment.

If you are a smoker and would like to give up what better time to do this than March 11th. The theme for 2015 is 'Proud to be a Quitter!'  So, if you are thinking of quitting smoking why not visit the website to read some inspirational stories to help you along the way.  

If you would like to put the white back into your teeth, a smile makeover, cancer check up or you would like some advice on how to quit smoking for good, call the team on 01443 887941.