FAQ
Surgery@102 Limited
(formally named SR Vora & Associates)
Effects of Smoking

How does smoking affect my teeth?

Smoking stains the teeth which looks unsightly. Smokers often try to remove the stains by using smokers toothpastes, some of which are abrasive and cause permanent damage to the teeth by wearing them away. Smokers also tend to get more calculus which can make the teeth rough and more prone to trapping plaque (plaque retention factors) producing damaging acids causing decay.

How does smoking affect my gums?

There is a lot of high quality evidence showing smoking is linked to gum disease. Smokers are up to six times more likely to suffer from gum disease than non smokers.
If you are thinking of giving up smoking, speak to your doctor or follow this link http://www.quit.org.uk or Freephone The Quitline 0800 002200 

Help is also available in Asian languages via the Asian Quitline

The following languages are available:
Bengali 0800 002244
Gujarati 0800 002255
Hindi 0800 002266
Punjabi 0800 002277
Urdu 0800 002288

Why have my gums started to bleed since I stopped smoking?

Smoking causes the blood vessels in your gums to shrink. When you stop smoking they open up to their normal size thus bringing more blood to the gums to help repair the damage. The bleeding will reduce with time.

How does smoking affect my mouth?

Every year approximately 4000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and almost 2000 people die each year of oral cancer.

The cause of oral cancer is well established - excess tobacco and alcohol use. For more information follow this link http://www.dentalhealth.org.uk/mouth/

Smoking also causes halitosis and reduces your ability to taste, especially salt.

For more details or to request a quote, contact us on

020 8902 5082

We welcome all patients including those requesting National Health Service treatment, children and private patients.