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Use World No Tobacco Day to improve your oral health

Every year, on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, Illume looks to raise awareness about the dangers of using tobacco and to show how important it is to give up smoking to benefit both oral and general health.

Tim Rumney, practice owner and clinical director at Illume, says: “Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for their health and can cause many different medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases.”

The most noticeable immediate effects of smoking are stained teeth and tongue, bad breath and a loss of taste or smell. Smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontal disease, known to some as gum disease, due to the nicotine in cigarette smoke reducing blood flow to the gums. Many smokers are not aware that they may have gum disease.

“That’s why I would urge clients to use World No Tobacco Day as an incentive to give up smoking or help one of their friends or family members to do so as it will really make a difference to their oral and general health,” he added.

Giving up smoking, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly along with having regular healthy mouth reviews and hygiene support visits,will help you to improve your oral health. Your gums will become healthier, food will smell and taste better, your breath will improve and tooth loss may be reduced.

If you have given up smoking and would like to brighten your smile please contact us, or for more information read our teeth whitening page: http://illumedentistry.co.uk/cheltenham-dentist-services/teeth-whitening.aspx  

Regular Healthy Mouth Reviews are important for early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease so please ensure you visit as often as your dentist recommends.