Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and the oral cavity is no exception. Not only does smoking cause aesthetics changes such as stained teeth, but it also affects the health of the mouth and gums, as well as potentially life-threatening illnesses such as cancers of the throat, tongue, soft palate and tonsils.

By quitting smoking you can halve your risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat and oesophagus within five years.

If you are thinking about quitting, the team at Valley Dental Practice will be able to refer you to the local stop smoking service. Research has shown the most effective way to quit is a combination of smoking cessation aids and specialist support.