Bleeding gums and smoking

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When gums are inflamed, they bleed when you brush. If you pay attention to the location of the bleeding, and brush thoroughly in that area, it should settle down. So although the bleeding feels unpleasant, it alerts you to your gum disease. Not only is smoking actively bad for your gums, it stops that bleeding. So peoples gums are getting irreversibly damaged and they have no clue. When people stop bleeding, they suddenly notice bleeding, and come to the conclusion that stopping smoking was bad for their gums. Not the case. If you are a smoker, know that you are far more likely to suffer gum disease than someone who does not smoke. Please visit your dentist/ hygienist to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your gums healthy. They can give you smoking cessation advice, oral hygiene instructions and assess the state of your gums.

What You'll Need

  • Toothbrush, interdental brushes and floss

What You'll Do

  • If you are a smoker please brush twice daily, and clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss every day.
  • If you would like to give up smoking you can talk to your NHS stop smoking team.
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