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Supporting Stoptober – work together to stay healthy!

1 October, 2013

ImageThis year’s Stoptober campaign is all about helping you quit smoking for a better health. But did you realise an added benefit of being smoke-free is a healthier mouth too? 73%* of the UK adults say they visit a dental practice yearly and your dentist can help you with tips on how to kick the habit too.

Remaining smoke free for 28 days may reduce or reverse the effects of tobacco on the oral cavity, while studies show that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times* more likely to stay smoke free.  Dr Henry Clover, Denplan’s Deputy Chief Dental Officer says: “Besides causing issues for your overall health, smoking can cause damage to your mouth, gums and teeth. It can lead to unsightly tooth staining, contributes significantly to gum disease and potential tooth loss. “Even more seriously, smoking is one of the major risk factors in mouth cancer. Make sure you go to see your dentist regularly and take the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle habits, so that the dentist and the whole dental team can help you in the best way possible!”

You can view more information and download resources to help encourage employee participation here: http://smokefree.nhs.uk/resources.

For more information about how to look after your teeth visit www.miteeth.co.uk

* Source: Department of Health, Reducing smoking, 8 September 2012

** Source: Dental Benefits Survey 2013

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