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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.

Why Choose Down House Dental Practice for Dental Hygiene Services?

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Expert Hygienists

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

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

Tailored hygiene plans address your unique needs and goals.
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Advanced Technology

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

Enjoy quality dental hygiene services starting from just £72.
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Convenience

Conveniently schedule hygiene appointments to fit your busy lifestyle.
Down House Dental Practice - Dentist in Steyning Sussex

What Our Patients Say

Kevin Morris
Kevin Morris
2024-02-22
Clare with her team provided a dental filling experience that was explained very well and performed professionally with courtesy and understanding.
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
2024-02-16
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.
Penny Greenfield
Penny Greenfield
2024-02-15
There's always a warm welcome from all staff at Down House Dental Practice. I've been a patient for many years. My present dentist is gentle and most reassuring. I've had a few different treatments and nothing is too much trouble. After a particularly difficult session i had a call from Claire (dentist) to see how I was. Both Claire and her nurse, Catherine are professional and sympathetic and I know I'm in very safe hands. Not forgetting Tesh, the hygienist who is always so efficient and gives great advice and care. Thank you Down House Surgery, you are a great team.
Al and Pam Turner
Al and Pam Turner
2024-02-14
Excellent work by my dentist, Ali Noori.
JEAN HAMMOND
JEAN HAMMOND
2024-02-14
Very happy with this practice. Tesh is a brilliant hygienist & a lovely person
Valerie Holden
Valerie Holden
2024-02-14
All the staff are amazingly friendly . They always make you feel at ease by explaining what is going to happen. A lovely dentist practice highly recommended
Kate Gover
Kate Gover
2024-02-07
Clare is an excellent dentist: incredibly friendly, highly professional and very kind. I can highly recommend her.
Adrian Ridley
Adrian Ridley
2024-02-06
Very efficient service with professional and friendly staff. They ane always brilliant with our children who are registered with this practice. They explain everything clearly and put them at ease. Highly recommend and wish we could be registered as NHS patients too! 😊
mark Trickey
mark Trickey
2024-02-06
Why use the NHS when you can use the best. Teeth are a precious commodity and Down House Dental Practice is worth every penny. I lost a gold crown the other day. On a Sunday. Refitted within 48 hours.
Emma Cripps
Emma Cripps
2024-02-02
Friendly professional and they allow ESA dogs in

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