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A dentist on TikTok has revealed the true effects of smoking on your mouth, and - perhaps unsurprisingly - it doesn't paint a pretty picture. WARNING: There's a couple of pretty gross pictures in this video.
Obviously, you'd have to be seriously stupid not to know that smoking is bad for you, but the full extent of what can happen to you if you continue smoking is maybe not as well publicised.
There's a whole plethora of problems directly linked to smoking tobacco that affect loads of different parts of the body, and the mouth is no different.
Now, a dentist on TikTok - username @dental_babeX - has outlined just a few of the oral issues that can arise from smoking.
She said: "It can increase the risk of developing gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss, and it actually reduces bleeding in the gums which makes it more difficult for you to know when something's wrong."
Oh, that's a great start then.
She continued: "It can cause bad breath, yellowing and staining, and it increases your risk of developing oral cancer, for which the treatment can be quite disfiguring."
There you have it, maybe just put down the packet of fags, eh?
Well, if you don't want to have smelly breath, yellow teeth, and potentially a whole load of worse problems, it's well within your interest to pack the habit in.
Once you stop smoking, things start to happen quite fast. Within about half an hour your blood pressure and heart rate will drop back to normal.
Then, after 12 hours, you'll have less carbon monoxide in your blood.
As the days continue on, you'll regain your sense of taste and smell, as well as reducing your risk of heart attack.
Once the days and weeks turn into months and years, you'll end up reducing your risk of cancer drastically, as well as improving your lung functions.
Basically, there's a whole load of reasons.
So, if this video has changed your mind and you've decided to knock the smoking on the head, there are a number of things that you can do.
First off, the NHS can help you out. You can contact your local NHS smoking cessation service if you want to get some advice or help quitting.
There are also a number of treatments including nicotine replacement such as gum and patches that you can use too.
Basically, you don't just have to stop and do it alone.
Just ask your GP to refer you to the service, or call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.
That call won't cost you anything, and it might even dramatically improve your oral health.
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