Stop smokingSmokers are not just at risk of acquiring heart disease and lung cancer, but they can also eventually damage the state of the mouth. Smoking increases the risks of tooth loss, but more importantly, it is the main cause of throat and oral cancers.

To say stop smoking is an easier thing said than done. Nicotine addiction can be very strong and hard to lose, that is why tobacco companies are so successful with their products. But to stop smoking is also the most effective way to eliminate all the hazards that tobacco can cause, not only to oral health, but also to increase the chances of living a long and healthy life with the people we love.

Here some tips for smokers concerning their oral health:

  • Although it’s easier said than done, stop smoking or stop chewing tobacco!
  • Have regular checkups with the dentist in order to verify the state of the gums and make sure no oral cancer is developing.
  • Maintain a thorough oral hygiene plan by regularly brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and tongue cleaner, and by having regular professional cleanings at the dentist’s office.
  • Learn how to do an oral cancer self examination by checking for sores, bleedings, white ulcers or patches, swellings, lumps, bumps, numbness or pain around the cheeks, palate, lips, tongue or under the tongue that do not heal within two weeks.

It is suggested that the fresh clean feeling a person feels in the mouth after brushing and flossing may restrain the urge of smoking. Luckily, these simple tips also help to prevent periodontal disease.

The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.

The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

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