October is well and truly upon us and while that means Autumn leaves and colder weather, here at Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral it also means that Stoptober is on our radar.
What is Stoptober and why do we care about it?
Well, it’s an NHS initiative that has been designed to help people across the UK stop smoking during October. The reason we think it’s such a great idea is because of the negative effects smoking can have on oral health; as well as the obvious things like tooth staining and bad breath, smoking can have more serious consequences, too.
Smoking can lead to an increase of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which can then lead to gum disease and subsequently tooth loss. Patients who smoke and have missing teeth will potentially be unsuitable candidates for dental implants as smoking can hinder the implant and the bone integrating properly, leading to loose implants or treatment failure. At the most severe end of the scale, smoking is also a major cause of oral cancer, which can be a devastating disease.
Many smokers have tried to quit the habit over the years but it can be tough to go cold turkey with no support and without a dedicated plan. The idea of Stoptober is that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to give up for good.
Signing up for Stoptober (you can do it here- go on you know you want to: One You) offers you free support and exclusive content that can help you on your journey to becoming smoke free. By using this free service you will be joining thousands of others across the UK who are all trying to kick the habit; just knowing you’re not on your own can make all the difference.
Stoptober also has a dedicated Facebook page that is filled with motivational content and provides a forum for people to ask questions, get advice and generally help each other along the path to kicking the habit for good.
At Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral, we know that quitting smoking isn’t easy but we also know that kicking the habit for good will offer numerous dental and physical health benefits that we’re sure you’ll love. We’re also here to help support you with advice and motivation, all you need to do is ask!