In the UK, the 13th March is the National No Smoking Day, an annual event aims to bring awareness to the dangers of this addiction and to help smokers who want to quit smoking. This year, the tagline for this campaign is #TellUsYourWay. The idea is to encourage smokers to tell their friends and family the day that they have chosen to quit smoking, and how they will go about quitting. By letting other people know of their decision to quit can strengthen the commitment of the smokers as well as getting support and motivation from their loved ones.
It is widely recognised that smoking is harmful to our health. Smoking has been linked to increase lung and heart diseases as well as causing several cancers. Beside, it also has an adverse effect to oral health.
In addition, smoking causes discolouration of the teeth and bad breath as well contributing to develop periodontal gum diseases. Periodontal diseases, if left untreated can lead to irreversible damage of the teeth and gums, such as tooth loss and bone loss. Smokers have a much higher risk of developing oral cancers and healing time following oral surgery treatments will also be lengthened.
Smoking and orthodontic treatment
There is no denying that smoking is bad for oral health. Smoking also poses several negative impacts on orthodontic treatment:
If you are a smoker, the best way you can celebrate the “No Smoking Day” is to take the opportunity to choose to quit. If you are committed to good oral health, and want a beautiful smile, quit smoking is an important step that can lead to many health benefits. The decision to quit may not be easy on you, but it is clearly worth it as your general health will improve within hours of you stopping the habit!
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