HEALTH conscious dentists supported National No Smoking Day to encourage smokers to kick the habit.
Partners at Queensway Dental Clinic, in Billingham, highlighted how smoking is bad for people’s teeth and mouths and urged patients to stub out smoking.
The practice said as well as being is the number one cause of avoidable premature death, smoking also has severe oral health implications.
In the run up to No Smoking Day last Wednesday, Queensway promoted the national campaign by dishing out leaflets and holding displays in patient waiting rooms.
Its dentists were also on hand to answer any questions on the effect of smoking on oral health people had.
Will Carter, a dentist at the clinic, said: “No Smoking Day was the perfect time to make the decision to quit.
“Smoking can be extremely detrimental to your oral health, causing gum disease, tooth loss, diminished sense of taste, plaque and gum disease, sore throat, as well as cancer of lips, tongue, throat, larynx and oesophagus.
“It can also be damaging on an aesthetic level causing stained teeth and bad breath, which can affect your social life.
“The best way to prevent any of these issues is obviously to cut down or quit and upkeep a good oral hygiene routine by cleaning your teeth for two minutes twice a day as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.
“Quitting is certainly the first step to vastly improved oral health.”
This year’s campaign Swap Fags for Swag, urges smokers to think about how much money they can save by giving up.