One of the worst things for your mouth is smoking. Smoking reduces the blood flow to the tissues of your mouth, making them more prone to infection. It is one of the main risk factors for gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss.

But it can be far scarier than just tooth loss. Smoking is one of the leading causes of oral cancer. Chewing tobacco and other substances such as betel quid is also often associated with oral cancer.

I know that smokers get a tough time. It is ultimately an addiction and it’s very easy for me to spout off about why you shouldn’t be smoking. It is far harder to quit. Please just be aware of the impact of smoking on your oral health along with other aspects of your health.

If you are a smoker who wants to stop, you need to do it with the support of a group or a professional person. Your GP or dentist should be able to find you the right support for you.

It’s too hard on your own.

Here’s a handy link to find out where your local stop smoking service is.

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