It is well known that tobacco smoking is a major cause of many health problems including lung and heart diseases, strokes, poor pregnancy outcomes and oral diseases.
It is estimated that there are 15,000 smoking-related deaths annually in Australia, 5000 in Victoria, and that smoking kills one half of persistent users. Tobacco smoking is a major cause of many health problems including; lung and heart diseases, strokes, poor pregnancy outcomes and oral diseases including oral cancer, gum disease, bad breath and unsightly stains.
- Smoking and gum disease;
- Smokers are 2.5-6 times more likely to have gum disease
- Former smokers are 2 times as likely to have gum disease than non-smokers
- Occurrence and severity of gum disease in former smokers is decreased compared to current smokers
- Dental implant failure rates are 11% for smokers compared to 4.8% for nonsmokers
- Smoking and oral cancer;
- More than 300 cancer causing agents have been identified in tobacco smoke
- Smoking is the major cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, pharynx, larynx, tongue, lips and salivary glands
- Risk of developing these cancers increases with duration and extent of exposure to cigarette smoking
- 5-year survival rate of oral cancer is currently 50%, even with today’s advances in therapy
- Smoking delays wound healing in the mouth – including ulcers, trauma, and postsurgery (including dental extractions)
For information and help quitting smoking, speak to your GP, or visit http://www.quit.org.au