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Don’t forget that it’s National No Smoking Day on March 8th 2017. When better to kick the habit if you haven’t already!

You will start reaping the rewards of quitting from Day 1. As well as improving your overall health, oral health, mental and physical wellbeing; think about all that money you could be saving! By stopping smoking you will be increasing your chances of living a longer and healthier life and reducing your chances of stroke, vascular disease, heart disease, respiratory disease and a whole range of cancers.

Many people are not aware of the effects smoking can have on their teeth, so we just wanted to put together some important points to raise awareness and maybe even give you that little nudge to quit! Smoking does not only cause damage to your teeth but it can destroy them.

What are the effects of smoking to your teeth?


  • Yellowing or browning of the teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth decay
  • Build-up of calculus (hardened plaque)
  • Dry mouth


These symptoms can lead to more serious problems such as tooth loss and damage to tooth enamel as well as increase a greater need for root canals.

Smokers may notice certain problems start to develop with their gums; these may include blood when brushing your teeth or flossing, tenderness and redness, pain when chewing, bad breath, receding gum line and loosening of teeth to name a few. If you notice these symptoms you should book an appointment to visit your dentist as soon as possible as they are signs of periodontal disease, your dentist will be able to advise you on the treatments required for your condition.

Giving up smoking will help you to fight gum disease, but it’s also important to practice good oral hygiene. Floss daily, brush after every meal using a toothpaste with fluoride and visit your dentist/hygienist regularly.



At Blaby Dental Practice we have helped many patients deal with gum disease and tooth issues caused by smoking. Contact us to arrange an appointment on-

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National No Smoking Day - 8th March 2017