Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases including in the oral cavity. Oral cancers and pre-cancers, periodontal diseases and poor wound healing are the most significant and serious effects of smoking on the mouth.  Other negative effects of smoking are bad breath, stained teeth, jawbone loss, shrinking gums, mouth sores, decreased senses of taste and smell, poor healing of mouth sores and hairy tongue.

People, who quit halve their risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and oesophagus within five years. Quitting can improve smokers’ health generally.

 At Hillside Dental Surgery, our dentists are there to provide help for smokers who want to quit smoking. It is important for us to tell you the risks of smoking and to help you to quit by giving you information and support. By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products your oral health will benefit very quickly and you will notice certain changes in your mouth. It is essential that you come into the practice for regular check-ups so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.