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Monday, October 6th, 2014

What are the adverse effects of smoking within the oral cavity?

Listed below are the damages smoking has in the mouth:


  • Bad breath
  • Tooth discolouration
  • The risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss is greatly increased
  • Increased risk of oral cancer
  • Delayed healing after an extraction, gum treatment or oral surgery, therefore more risk of post infection
  • Can lower the success rate of dental implants



At our practice we encouraged patients to stop smoking, we offer a referral service to a smoking cessation specialist




What is STOPTOBER? STOPTOBER is the 28 day national stop smoking challenge. It is carried out in the month of October.

Stopping smoking for 28 days means your five times more likely to stop for good.

Thousands of people successfully stopped after taking the 28 day challenge last year.


Why not join today. Simply type STOPTOBER into your search engine to apply for your information pack, read hints and tips and let STOPTOBER guide you through your 28 day journey.


For more information speak with your dental professional.


Wednesday, November 6th, 2013




This event is organised each year by the British Dental Health Foundation to help raise public awareness of Oral Cancer.


Many people are unaware of Oral cancer and also of the risk factors associated with the disease, unlike other better known cancers such as lung cancer or cervical cancer.


The Basic Facts

On average 6500 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year.

Over 1900 people die from the disease in the UK each year.

People are more likely to die from mouth cancer than other better known diseases such as malignant melanoma or cervical cancer. The main reason for this is that the disease is often diagnosed too late.


What do I look for?

Mouth cancer presents in many ways. The most common would be a mouth ulcer that does not heal within around 3 weeks.

Other signs could be a white or red patch in the mouth which again is there for more than 3 weeks.



What causes mouth cancer?

Like many other cancers the risk factors are similar.

  1. Excessive alcohol intake particularly the strong spirits such as whiskey or vodka.
  2. Tobacco use such as smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipe smoking but also chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha and paan are particularly dangerous. 
  3. Smoking together with alcohol consumption at the same time is a particularly high risk factor.
  4. The human papillomavirus (HPV), often transmitted via oral sex. This virus is also strongly linked to cervical cancer
  5. Poor diet low in vitamin A C and E
  6. Over exposure to sunlight can cause cancer on the lips


How can I reduce the risk and keep my mouth healthy?

The easy way to stay healthy is to avoid excessive use of alcohol and tobacco. Practice safe sex by avoiding sleeping with multiple partners and always use a condom. Eat a healthy diet to ensure you get all the vitamins that you require.

When going out in the sun apply sun screen to your lips.

Finally ensure that your mouth is checked regularly by your dentist.

The Good News.

Mouth cancer when detected early can often be cured .Most of the severe cases of mouth cancer are due to late diagnosis.   At Eckington Dentist we thoroughly examine your mouth at each examination. We are able to check the areas of your mouth which you cannot always see yourself such as underneath your tongue and the back of the mouth.

This is one of the benefits of regular dental health checks.

Remember that if you wear dentures then you should still have your mouth checked at least once a year. It is important that should you get an ulcer from a rubbing denture which does not appear to be healing that this is checked by your dentist. Often it just means that the denture needs adjusting and the ulcer will then heal,






Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Brushing your teeth is the best way to remove plaque, a biofilm containing harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss.


You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and particularly before you go to bed at night. Spit out any excess, but do not rinse toothpaste away with lots of water, you will get rid of all the benefit of it. (more…)