Tobacco use and your
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Smokers have more severe gum disease than non-smokers with deeper pockets and a poorer response to periodontal treatment. They also have an increased risk of disease reoccurrence.
Smokers are more likely to suffer greater tooth loss and the return of periodontal problems.
Alongside this, smoking also masks the obvious sign of gum disease; bleeding. This means that smokers can be unaware of periodontal problems.
The increased risk is thought to be due to a reduction in gingival blood flow, impaired white cell function, impaired wound healing and an increased production of inflammatory substances (cytokines) that enhance tissue breakdown. Many studies have shown that persistent smoking leads to greater tooth loss and a reduced response to periodontal therapy.
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Nicotine and gum disease
Nicotine also promotes the formation of a thicker “mucous” like saliva. This thicker “mucous” is less effective at counteracting the effects of acid attack after eating than the regular thinner saliva.
Gum disease and loose teeth
Types of tobacco
There is no safe form of tobacco use and there are many types of tobacco available. All forms contain nicotine and can cause addiction and health problems.
Products that contain tobacco:
- cigarettes & cigars
- Kreeteks & Bidis
- chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha, paan
Stopping tobacco use
Most health problems are caused by other components in tobacco smoke, not by the nicotine. Smoking is highly addictive, largely because it delivers nicotine very quickly to the brain and this makes stopping smoking difficult.
Licensed nicotine-containing products are an effective way of reducing the harm from tobacco for both the person smoking and those around them. It is safer to use licensed nicotine-containing products than to smoke.
People who reduce the amount they smoke without supplementing their nicotine intake with a licensed nicotine product will compensate by drawing smoke deeper into their lungs, exhaling later and taking more puffs. It is recommended that those individuals should reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke or use a licensed nicotine containing product to give them some ‘therapeutic’ nicotine. This is more likely to reduce the amount that they smoke and to improve their health.
Licensed nicotine-containing products are available on prescription, over the counter at pharmacies and on general sale at many retail outlets.
However, recent studies are now show that the e-cigarette vapour is not inactive and exposure to the vapour can produce a toxic effect on cells and lead to DNA damaging effects. Although electronic cigarettes aren’t as harmful as traditional cigarettes, it is important to recognise that they do not come risk free.
To receive the necessary support and guidance to give up smoking, you can seek help from your GP, contact the free NHS help line – NHS Go Smoke Free, or your local Boots store that offer Boots Smoke Less Service. It is important to be aware you don’t have to go through what can be a difficult journey alone.
Stop smoking support
Boots Smoke Less Service