May is World No Tobacco Day


The thirty-first of May is World No Tobacco Day and for this year, the theme is Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products. For centuries tobacco has been prevalent the world over. It was not until the twentieth century when the harm that tobacco does to human beings came into the spotlight. There are even campaigns to make every month No Tobacco Day around the world. The aim of these campaigns is to create an environment of being free of tobacco for every individual.

Healthier Gums

In particular, stopping smoking will help you get healthier teeth and gums. Smokers suffering from disease of the gums and that had quit smoking will usually go through significant gum health improvement after quitting.  Gum disease is caused by bacteria found in sticky white plaque that builds up on teeth that have not been cleaned properly. As a result, gums become inflamed. The fact that you smoke does not help matters as the components of cigarettes, particularly the carbon dioxide prevent your gums from being exposed to oxygen, thus prolonging healing. Gums eventually recede and result in gum and teeth gaps that eventually destroy the bones holding teeth in their places. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease due to the fact that the immune system of a smoker is hampered by smoking cigarettes. In other words, it is harder to fight against gum disease when you smoke. To make matters worse, gum disease is not painful and it is usually not discovered by smokers until a dentist discovers the disease. As a matter of fact, many smokers are not aware of the negative impact that tobacco has on oral health.

Overall Oral Health

Smoking not only aggravates your risks for gum disease, it also increases risks for other oral health issues such as slowing gum tissue healing after injury or oral surgery, reducing abilities to fight infection including in the gums and mouth, increasing the risks for infected tooth root, tooth loss and mouth cavities and pain. Those who kick the habit of stopping smoking will help decrease the problems of oral health. To help you quit smoking, talk to your dentist or oral health practitioner about using inhalers, sprays, lozenges or nicotine gums. Your dentist may also recommend support programs like counseling to help you quit.

Quit Smoking to Save Your Oral Health

What better day to quit than on World No Tobacco Day this coming end of May? Your dentist or health care practitioner will be able to give you advice about kicking the habit. There are a few ways to quit smoking, with some working better than others. Finding a method you can stick with is the best way to success.  There are nicotine replacement therapies, lozenges, sprays, inhalers, patches and nicotine gum that you can use to help you kick the habit. You can even work with a counselor that can help you quit the habit for good. Not only will your gums begin to heal the moment you quit, you will enjoy many other overall health benefits as well.