Dentists chip in to support Stoptober

Posted: October 29 2015

Take a bite at improving your oral health by stubbing out the cigarettes next month.

Dentists chip in to support Stoptober

Staff in the special care dental service at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust are supporting Stoptober. (From left): Neha Patel, Dental Officer, Sue Life, Senior Dental Officer, Stacey Murphy, Dental Nurse, Una Monaghan, Dental Officer and Kyla Gordon, Dental Nurse.

Staff in the special care dental service at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust are encouraging all smokers to quit as part of the national Stoptober campaign.

Research has shown that those who manage to stop during the 31-day challenge are more likely to give up for good. Last year about 4,500 people across Hertfordshire stubbed out cigarettes for Stoptober, putting the county in the top five nationally for numbers taking part.

A lot of smokers are unaware of the affects that smoking has on their mouth, teeth and gums which is why Sue Life, Senior Dental Officer, is fully supporting the campaign.

She said: “The most common effects from smoking that we see are stained teeth and gum disease. In a few cases we have also detected signs of mouth cancer and referred patients on for further tests.

“We ask every patient we see if they smoke and encourage those that do to use intervention services available to help them quit.

“There are other effects which smoking can have on the mouth such as bad breath, sense of taste may be altered, poor healing following extractions and a higher chance of developing an infection.

“I fully support the Stoptober campaign. No-one wants an unhealthy smile but it is down to each individual to look after their oral health and be wise about the risks of smoking.”

Anyone wanting to sign up to the Stoptober campaign, visit  www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/

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