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Smoking is bad for your physical health. This is something we’ve all known for years, and yet it’s estimated that there are still 6.1 million regular adult smokers in England. The number of people who regularly smoke is in a gradual decline, which is a very good thing, but lots of people still don’t realise how smoking affects your teeth and dental health. Our dental hygienist wants you to be aware of the health risks that smoking may impose on you.

Our dentist’s warning about smokingWhy smoker’s breath occurs

Smoker’s breath is far more ominous than just an unpleasant smell, it is a scary reminder of where your smoke is travelling to and where it collects. Your lungs are made up of tiny membranes called bronchioles that are filled with air holes for each inhale to pass through. They are made up of lots of passageways that filter the air and absorb it to pass it through to your blood stream. So, when you inhale smoke, it is passed through these chambers and some of the chemicals are absorbed into your bloodstream, which isn’t good. Smoker’s breath occurs because particles of smoke get trapped in these air passages of your bronchioles and are knocked loose on your breath when exhaling, laughing, or talking. This is why smoker’s breath can smell stale, because its often old smoke that is still hanging around.

How smoking affects your gums

It’s not just your lungs and breath that smoking takes its toll on. Most adults in the UK are experiencing or have experienced some form of gum disease, and smoking can make this sensitivity so much worse. Regularly smoking tobacco, causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream, leading to your gums not being able to heal properly. This means that any signs of gum disease could worsen far quicker for a smoker than a non-smoker. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss, and smoking can greatly accelerate this process. Smoking also compounds gum disease in that it changes the pH balance in your mouth, leading to an increased build-up of plaque and eventual tartar because the bacteria can thrive in these changed conditions. These rest atop the gum line and irritate the gums, causing them to recede. Smoking greatly increases your chances of developing an aggressive form of gum disease, and your dentist wants you to be aware that you could lose teeth.

Smoking and the risk of mouth cancer

Our dentist can help you learn the signs of mouth cancer and how to check your mouth yourself, but it’s far more preferable that you cut back on smoking to help prevent it. Statistics by the NHS estimate that 90% of people who develop mouth cancer (including it developing in the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat) currently use or have frequently used tobacco. This shows that almost exclusively smokers are at risk of this type of cancer.

Check for changes and visit your dentist

Always check yourself for changes in the soft tissues of your mouth and your own teeth for the benefit of your dental health. You are always welcome to visit our dentist in Steyning, Sussex right here at Down House Dental Practice, and we’ll provide you with at-home care advice and lifestyle changes so that you may change your habits and better your dental health. Speak to a member of our dental team to book your initial appointment with us.

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Our skilled and experienced hygienists provide top-notch care and preventive advice.

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We offer thorough dental cleanings, removing plaque and tartar for optimal oral health.

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Tailored hygiene plans address your unique needs and goals.

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We use state-of-the-art equipment for efficient and comfortable cleanings.


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Down House Dental Practice - Dentist in Steyning Sussex

What Our Patients Say

Based on 62 reviews
Lucy MacDonald
Lucy MacDonald
Highly recommended this Practice. They are great with my kids and have been looking after us as a family for almost 10 years now. Had my first hygienist appointment yesterday and I was very impressed. Professional, kind and flexible Practice with great staff.
whp Jesse
whp Jesse
The dentist and dental nurse were very helpful, friendly and efficient.
Stephanie Grant
Stephanie Grant
I can't speak highly enough of Down House dental practice. The whole staff is excellent and I have had brilliant treatment there.
Pete Evans
Pete Evans
Had nothing but positive experiences. Learned more about dental hygiene here than any of the previous practises I've been to.
Katie Mason
Katie Mason
This review is for Tesh the hygenist. I honestly can't recommend Tesh more highly. He is incredibly thorough and clearly knows what he's doing. Tesh is so good I have upped the amount of times I see him to every four months rather than every six. He keeps detailed notes of every visit so he can carefully track how I'm doing and help me target specific areas of concern. As I am getting older keeping my gums healthy becomes more important as I really want to keep as many teeth as possible in old age! Tesh is always upbeat, very encouraging and also keen to know how I and my family are doing.
Steve Handerer
Steve Handerer
Good dentist, well organised. Dental plan helps with cost.
Nigel Abbott
Nigel Abbott
Needed an emergency appointment, ,managed to get me seen and sorted within 2hrs, excellent service, very professional staff, fees very reasonable, all in all a pleasant experience under the circumstances
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.

How to Find Us in Steyning, Sussex

We are conveniently located at 📍17 Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease.

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Our dentist’s warning about smoking