Smoking: A Danger To Healthy Gums

You’ve probably seen the warning on cigarette packages: “Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.” What smoking-related diseases come to mind? Lung cancer, probably. Emphysema, maybe. But did you know that half of periodontal (gum) disease in smokers is caused by smoking? Chronic (long-term) gum disease can lead to the loss of your teeth….

Smoking and oral health

How can smoking affect my oral health? 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,…

Smoking and Dental Health (1)

Everyone knows smoking causes lung cancer. It’s closely linked to cardio-pulmonary problems and can cause coughing fits and worsen asthma symptoms. And it’s common knowledge smoking can lead to emphysema and other chronic lung problems. Most people who use tobacco are aware of these risks. There’s another side effect of smoking that doesn’t get as…

Smoking and Teeth

We all have habits; some habits are good, however others are not so good and can even affect our health. If we grew up between 1960 – 1970 it was common to see and hear in tv the importance of smoking. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the 1960 – 1970 the average…

How smoking affects your oral health? Caring for your Teeth and Gums

In addition to several other chronic diseases, tobacco use is a primary cause of many oral diseases and adverse oral conditions. For example, tobacco is a risk factor for oral cancer and periodontal disease. It can also cause stained yellow or brown teeth, bad breath, and loss of teeth. Smoking is thought to alter bacteria…

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The vast majority of oral cancers occur in people older than 50 years, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the…

Mouth Cancer

What is mouth cancer? Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can appear in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. Who can be affected by mouth cancer? Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they…

4 reasons to get an oral cancer screening

With a five-year survival rate as low as 60%, oral cancer is scary. Protect yourself by getting checked for the disease today. Here are the top four reasons you should add “oral cancer screening” to your wellness to-do list. It’s easy. Just ask your dentist to check for signs of oral cancer during your regular…

The link between periodontal disease and cancer: A review

Introduction A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated the prevalence, severity, and extent of periodontitis in the adult U.S. population, with data from 2009 and 2010, and found that more than 47% of the sample, representing 64.7 million adults, had periodontitis, distributed as 8.7%, 30.0%, and 8.5% with mild, moderate, and severe periodontitis,…

Would You Recognise the Symptoms of Mouth Cancer?

The numbers of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer is increasing, and the British Dental Health Foundation is concerned about an investigation showing the amount of time people wait before seeking medical advice. Recent research has shown that those with the early warning signs of mouth cancer are more likely to wait longer before seeking…