Among its many effects in the mouth, smoking can cause:
- Staining of the teeth
- Altered sense of taste
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
Those who smoke are more likely to suffer with gum disease. Gum disease tends to be more severe and the response to treatment is greatly reduced
- Pre-cancerous white patches of the mouth
These are early changes to the soft tissues, caused by smoking and can turn into cancer
- Mouth cancer
If you want help to quit smoking then visit your doctor or ring the Somerset NHS stop smoking service on 0844 568 9840.
You can get background information from the Smokefree website.