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Smokers Gums Do Not Bleed

Have you ever tried to quit smoking and noticed that your gums became sore and bled when you brushed? You might have thought you had developed gum disease because you had stopped smoking, but in reality you had only unmasked the problem.

Smoking tobacco is one of the biggest causes of gum disease and bone loss, as it can disguise the damage taking place to teeth and gums. Usually infected gums are red, puffy and bleed easily when brushed, but smoker’s gums are not like this and instead are thin, pale in colour and bleed very rarely. As a result, many smokers who suffer from gum disease are unaware they have a problem, until they stop smoking.

So, why is this?

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of blood vessels by small muscles in their walls. Nicotine in tobacco has powerful effects on arteries throughout the body. In the cardiovascular system the nicotine acts as a stimulant that raises blood pressure, making it difficult for the heart to pump through the constricted arteries, reducing the blood flow to the gum and bone, and therefore resulting in pale, thin gums and no bleeding.

It is very important for smokers to visit their dentist regularly in order to keep their teeth and gums healthy, and to have regular oral cancer checks.

If you do not wish to quit smoking or find it too difficult, you can improve your oral health by doing the following:

  • Reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke
  • Thoroughly clean your teeth and gums twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride (your dentist will advise which toothpaste is best for you)
  • Use dental floss or interdental cleaners every day to clean between your teeth
  • Visit your dentist regularly for advice about the proper care of your teeth and gums at home; early intervention and regular preventative maintenance visits will keep your teeth and gums healthy
  • Avoid having a dry mouth – drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production
  • Limit your alcohol intake

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your teeth and gums, we would be only too happy to help you.

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13:05 24 May 24
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09:24 04 May 24
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11:47 02 May 24
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20:03 14 Apr 24
I have had a fantastic experience with Ferry Dental.I approached them as an anxious patient (having not been to the dentist for nearly a decade) and the staff were so friendly and calming. Despite having a big cry before my first appointment my consultation was fantastic and I left feeling much more comfortable with the prospect of going to the dentist.Since then I’ve had many appointments with Marwa (orthodontist) and the hygienist and no longer dread or cry before appointments. Marwa in particular is so kind and friendly and always checks in with me throughout appointments to make sure I’m calm and happy.All the staff have been so friendly and know who I am and have been fully informed of my anxiety. It’s been very relieving to go from appointment to appointment and each practitioner knows exactly who I am, what I’ve had done, and really look after me as an individual.Also a massive shout out to the reception team (particularly Anna) who are always so so friendly and greet me by name and know who I am.I highly recommend this dentist - particularly those who hate going to the dentist and/or suffer from anxiety. A massive thank you to Ferry Dental for helping me get over my fear of the dentist ❤️
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15:49 22 Jan 24
I had a great experience at Ferry Dental Centre. The staff was very friendly and professional, and the facility was clean and modern. Dr Denis took the time to explain everything to me and I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. I will definitely be recommending Ferry Dental Centre to my friends and family.