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Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for their health. It can cause many different medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. However, many people don't realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth. Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

How can smoking affect my oral health?

Why are my teeth stained?

One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking.

How will smoking affect my gums and teeth?

Smoking can also lead to gum disease. People who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease. The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums don't heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and causes gum disease to get worse more quickly than in non-smokers. Gum disease is still the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.

How often should I visit my dentist?

It is important that you visit us regularly for a normal check-up and a full mouth examination so that any other conditions can be spotted early.

What can we do for you?

We will carry out a regular examination to make sure that your teeth and gums and whole mouth are healthy. We will also examine your cheeks, tongue and throat for any signs of other conditions that may need more investigation.

We can also put you in touch with organisations and self-help groups who will have the latest information to help you stop smoking.