Smoking Cessation

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How quitting smoking benefits your oral health

As well as improving your overall health, stopping smoking has a huge positive impact on your oral health by reducing the risk of developing gum disease and mouth cancer, and improving your response to gum treatment.

Stopping smoking improves:

  • Your overall gum health
  • The appearance of your teeth as smoking stains your teeth and can cause a yellow to dark brown discolouration 

Stopping smoking reduces your chance of:Stop smoking

  • Developing mouth cancer
  • Developing gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Decrease taste
  • Bad breath
  • Reduces success of certain types of dental treatment such as implants and healing
  • Poor recovery after tooth removal and mouth and gum surgery 
It is very important for people who smoke to visit their dentist regularly to keep their teeth and gums healthy and check for signs of mouth cancer.

Advice on Smoking Cessation

Our dental hygienists will also be happy to provide specific advice on smoking cessation. If you have a dentist elsewhere that you see for your general dental care and would like to visit a Devonshire House hygienist, we will ask you to provide us with an annual written prescription from your general dentist.

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 Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Stopping smoking can make a drastic improvement to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer-term.

  • 20 minutes after putting out your last cigarette, your pulse rate is returning to normal and your heart is working less hard.
  • 48 hours after putting out your last cigarette, your lungs are clearing of nasty mucus and you can smell and taste better
  • 72 hours after putting out your last cigarette, breathing is becoming easier and you’re feeling more energetic.
  • 3–9 months after putting out your last cigarette, your lungs are working 10% better and you’ll be coughing less
  • 1 year after putting out your last cigarette, risk of heart attack halves and research shows you’re likely to feel happier