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Quitters are Winners!

World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2021

Quitting can be challenging, but there are a lot of reasons to quit.

Reasons to Quit Tobacco

The benefits of smoking cessation are almost instant.

  • After 20 minutes of quitting smoking, heart rate drops.
  • Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
  • Within 2-12 weeks, blood circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • Within 1-9 months, coughing and breathing shortness decrease.
  • Within 5-15 years, stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
  • Within 10 years, lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker.
  • Within 15 years, risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

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

#1 Gum Disease

Smoking weakens your body’s immune system. This makes it harder to fight off gum infections.

Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal.

Tobacco use in any form—cigarettes, pipes, and smokeless tobacco—raises your risk for gum disease.

#2 Oral Cancer

Smoking increases your risk of developing oral cancer by up to 10 times, compared with non-smokers. This includes smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars.

More than 60% of oral cancers are linked to smoking.

There is also evidence that second-hand smoke at home or in the workplace may increase a person’s risk of oral cancer.

#3 Delayed Healing

Smoking after a tooth extraction procedure can also cause some complications, which can be hard to get over as well — dry socket.

A dry socket makes it difficult to open your mouth, causing intense pain on the whole side of the face as well as expelling a bad smell in the mouth.

#4 Stained Teeth

The biggest sources of teeth stains are food such as coffee, red wine and smoking. The first is fine in moderation. Smoking, however, is not.

Nicotine and tar found in cigarettes are doing the staining — from your hands and walls in your home to your teeth.

Visit your Campbelltown dentist today for a teeth whitening procedure.

Teeth Whitening Promotion in Campbelltown
$595 for Philips Zoom Whitening

#5 Bad Breath

Smoking causes bad breath in several different ways.

First, the smell of cigarette smoke can linger on your breath.

Smoking also dries out your mouth, one of the most common reasons for halitosis.

Stop Smoking Today!

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

New Patients Promotion

$99 New Patient deal which includes Check-up, Cleaning, Fluoride Treatment and 2x X-rays.

To request your appointment, call us on (02) 4627 3833 or visit us at Suite 3/300 Queen Street in Campbelltown.

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