UK Dentists Lends Support to No Smoking Day Event
With national ‘No Smoking Day’ fast approaching, with the event falling on March 14th this year, many UK dentists have started to lend their support to the campaign as they strive to show the devastating effect that smoking can have on one’s dental health and well-being. The event has merged with the British Heart Foundation due to the massively detrimental effect that smoking has on the heart as well but, for the dentists lending their support to the campaign, it is all about improving dental health.
It is well known that quitting smoking is something that is often easier said than done and there is no doubting that an immense amount of willpower will be required in order to give up cigarettes for good. It is estimated that approximately 1 million smokers will endeavour to quit smoking on ‘No Smoking Day’ on 14th March. This is important for many reasons, not least the fact that smoking has been shown to cause numerous dental problems and diseases and giving up on cigarettes can help to address these issues.
As mentioned, the process of quitting smoking is seldom a straightforward one and will require considerable dedication and support from their peers. It is important that smokers understand just how detrimental smoking is to their dental health as many are unaware of just what a dramatic impact it can have. With this in mind, Dr Nigel Carter of the British Dental Health Foundation stated, “Smoking presents a very real danger to the public’s oral and overall health. Dentists find themselves in a unique position to warn patients of the risks of smoking, which causes tooth staining and exacerbates gum disease – which has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, strokes and premature and low birth-weight babies.”
This clearly shows just how important it is for smokers to try and give up the habit and national ‘No Smoking Day’ on March 14th will serve as the perfect time to try and give up cigarettes. One of the main ways of giving up smoking is to occupy yourself with other activities and, with this in mind, the national ‘No Smoking Day’ campaign has set up a website that will help smokers plan events and activities that will help them with their attempts to quit – which can be found here: http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/
Improving one’s dental health and well-being is just one of the many reasons to try and give up smoking and you will be in good company (approximately a million people’s company) if you try and give up smoking this March 14th for national ‘No Smoking Day’.