Smoking is at the top of all bad habits that people have been doing for a long time. And the product that is most smoked daily are cigarettes. Cigarette smoking account to a big percentage of all diseases that have been caused by excessive smoking. That is because smoking and oral health are two things that just do not go well together. It would have been better if it is just stained teeth that we need to worry, but we all know that there are more dreadful diseases brought about by smoking.
For so many years, doctors and dentists like Dr. Jonathan Hartley for example, has been advocating the stop smoking call. These medical experts know the facts behind the effects of smoking to our health. While perhaps the most commonly known diseased caused by smoking is cancer, from cancer of the throat to cancer of the mouth, the real number one smoking related disease is heart disease. Yes, smoking does affect even the heart.
These are based on facts, from researches and studies conducted by various medical institutions to help solve the problems of smoking and oral health, to be exact. Periodontis, a kind of gum disease that causes the gums to deteriorate, is among the top diseases that can be connected to smoking. Studies have shown that around 17 percent of smokers suffer from periodontis. But that is not all. Quite alarming is the fact that smoking can severely damage our immune system, making us vulnerable to a number of diseases and viruses.
There are other health concerns that by themselves should be enough to keep us away from smoking. For one there is mouth cancer which is very difficult to diagnose during its early stage of development. Especially if the patient did not undergo regular dental check-up appointments. In Australia alone, Dr. Jonathan Hartley mentioned that around 3% of all the cancers diagnosed in the country are mouth cancers. This type of cancer can develop in the tongue, the salivary glands, the lips, and also the throat.
Now some of the less life threatening conditions brought about by smoking is bad breath and tooth discoloration. We all know someone who smokes and we can immediately tell if they are indeed heavy smokers if their breath smells or if they have severly stained teeth, mostly gray to black in color.
Should you want to finally quit smoking and to live a more healthy lifestyle, dentists would probably recommend that you should brush and floss your teeth more often than the usual. This will prevent any further damage to the gums and teeth that might have already been caused by your smoking habit. Also, studies have shown that by brushing and flossing more often, these can help curb the desire to smoke.
Doctors and dentists like Dr. Jonathan Hartley keep telling their patients to stop smoking and embrace a healthier life. With smoking, we get nothing but diseases such as cancer, emphysema, halitosis or commonly known as bad breath, and many other conditions. It is about time that we start saying no to smoking.