Stoptober at CFD Fosse Park.
Date: 24 October 2018 Category: Practice News
Throughout the month of October the team at Centre for Dentistry Fosse Park have been making it their mission to spread the word about the negative effects that smoking has on your oral health. Many people are unaware of the impact of smoking on your oral health, including increased risk of mouth cancer, stained teeth and gum disease. The team are here to help educate you and get you on your journey to a healthier and brighter smile!
One of the main long term side effects of smoking is staining on the teeth. This is caused by the nicotine and tar found inside the cigarettes, turning the teeth yellowish and brown. If you have recently quit smoking, there are treatments provided at your local dental practice help improve this. Scale and polishes are a great way to start. A good clean of the teeth is fundamental in improving the appearance of staining. This can be followed by an airflow treatment, a more intense clean which is better able to remove surface stains. We also offer two whitening treatments from Enlighten Smiles, a home and an in surgery kit, which will help in getting your teeth to be brighter and whiter. Your dentist will be able to talk through these options during your new patient exam.
Another damaging effect of regular smoking is the masking of gum disease. This affects the soft tissue supporting the teeth in place making tooth loss a very real possibility. Someone with gum disease will notice that their gums bleed very easily which may prompt them to book a dental appointment, but smoking prevents this being detected. The toxins in the cigarettes affect the structure and functions of blood vessels in the gums making the smoker less likely to bleed. With regular visits to the hygienist and cleaning of the teeth and gums after stopping smoking this is potentially reversible. Those who smoke or have quit can visit CFD Fosse Park‘s hygienist Theresa Chapman for more detailed oral hygiene advice and to aim to regain that healthy smile!
Oral Cancer Screenings
The most severe effect of smoking out of these is oral cancer. A lot of people are not aware of this effect and that heavy smoking can increase your risk of oral cancer as much as 15 times. With regular screenings from your dentist and help to stop smoking we can aim to avoid this possibility and keep your smile as healthy as possible.
Centre for Dentistry Fosse Park’s new dentist Dr Jaspreet Lall has appointments available and is here to help you start your journey to a healthier, brighter smile. She loves to help those feeling nervous of coming to see a dentist so will be sure to keep you at ease during your first visit! Support also comes from the practice’s hygienist Theresa, who will ensure that you’re teeth will be regularly cleaned to keep them at their healthiest.
Centre for Dentistry Fosse Park is conveniently located inside Sainsbury’s, Grove Farm Triangle in Leicester. The practice is accepting new patients and has flexible appointment times available, including late evenings and Saturdays. Contact the practice team by calling 0116 308 7002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment. You can also book online or via our app. Alternatively, please find your local dental practice here or speak to our Patient Care Team on 0333 0162 230.