Smoking takes a serious toll on your body and we all know the reasons to quit. Some a few of the side effects that relate to your oral health are:
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Bad breath; stained teeth and recession of the gum line
- Accumulation of tartar and plaque
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Delayed healing after dental work
The biggest risk factors of smoking include oral and throat cancers, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, tooth decay and countless others. So, why risk it?
As it is National Non-Smoking Week, why not practice quitting? The theme of 2016 is: “Quitting takes practice… practice often” as the average smoker attempts to quit 7 times before they are finally successful. Start practicing and reach out if you need help. Visit the Quit Help page from the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, or the Government of Canada’s smoking and tobacco page for resources on how to effectively quit smoking.