More than a million smokers are expected to “take the leap” this year on No Smoking day and quit smoking for good. Not only is this good news for general health but for the mouth too!
Dr Nigel Carter, British Dental Health Foundation chief executive, says “Smoking presents a very real danger to the public’s oral and overall health. Dentists find themselves in a unique position to warn patients of the risks of smoking, which causes tooth staining and exacerbates gum disease – which has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, strokes and premature and low birth-weight babies.
‘Tobacco is also linked to around three-quarters of all cases of mouth cancer. Placed on top of all the health concerns surrounding smoking, these risks stress the importance of campaigns such as No Smoking Day, and the Foundation wholeheartedly supports the campaign.’
WeQuit.co.uk is a dedicated quitters’ website, full of helpful tips and advice for smokers who don’t want to be!
No Smoking Day Wednesday 14th March 2012,