National No Smoking Day
No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March.
What are the dangers of smoking?
Smoking is a habit that is dangerous not just for the smoker but also for the people around them.
As well as boosting chances of harmful health afflictions such as many different types of cancer, heart disease and gum disease smoking cigarettes is addictive and will always prove financially detrimental in the short and long-term.
It is thought that 1 in every 2 smokers will die of a smoking-related disease.
10 health benefits of stopping smoking
Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.
- Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily
- Stopping smoking gives you more energy
- Ditch the cigarettes and feel less stressed
- Quitting leads to better sex
- Stopping smoking improves fertility
- Stopping smoking improves smell and taste
- Stop smoking for younger-looking skin
- Non-smokers have whiter teeth and sweeter breath
- Quit smoking to live longer
- A smoke-free home protects your loved ones
NHS stop smoking services help you quit
Local stop smoking services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good.
These services staffed by expert advisers provide a range of proven methods to help you quit.
They'll give you accurate information and advice, as well as professional support, during the first few months you stop smoking.
Your GP can refer you, or you can phone your local stop smoking service to make an appointment with an adviser.
Bruxism Awareness Week
Bruxism Awareness Week is held every year in October. It was launched in 2010, with the explicit aim to enlighten sufferers as to the nature of their condition, and encourage them to contact their local dentist for simple, swift and straightforward treatment.
Bruxism - the clenching and/or grinding of teeth (mainly nocturnally) - is thought to affect over 80% of the population, to some degree.
Do you wake up with a sore mouth/jaw?
Although most of teeth grinding happens at night, when you’re not even aware you’re doing it, the symptoms are present during the day.
Symptoms can include:
- Jaw ache,
- Neck pain,
- Headaches, especially in the morning,
- Pain behind your eyes or in the sinus area,
- Difficulty or pain opening your mouth, speaking and/or eating
- Increased teeth sensitivity
What can you do?
If you experience any of the above symptoms it’s best to get checked out by your dentist. In the meantime, here are some self-help measures you can take to ease the pain:
- Eat a soft diet to reduce the strain on your teeth and jaws (opt for soft foods that are easy to chew or that can be chopped, ground, mashed and pureed)
- Apply heat to the area by using a wheat bag heat pack or warmed gloves
- Massage the area
- Take a course of over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol
- Although difficult, try to de-stress as stress is a leading cause of bruxism
Why should you see a dentist to treat this?
Simply managing the symptoms won’t solve the underlying problem. Bruxism can lead to serious dental health issues such as worn or broken teeth requiring fillings or crowns, loose teeth (and even tooth loss), as well as further pain and discomfort that might not be as easily remedied.
What will we do?
To help stop you grinding your teeth we can consider pain-free, non-invasive treatment, during a dental consultation.
- We will check your jaw joint, teeth and muscles.
- We can create a mouth guard to be worn at night.
- We will recommend an orthodontic solution if required.
- We can discuss any sources of stress that might be causing the bruxism and make recommendations to help you reduce anxiety.
Being told you’re a teeth grinder is often a surprise but it needn’t be a bad one. After all, it’s relatively easy to remedy, so if you have any doubts why not come in and let us check you out?
Mouth Cancer Action Month
Mouth Cancer Action Month is held in November every year and is supported by the Mouth Cancer Foundation and the British Dental Health Foundation.
Mouth cancer could affect anybody
Mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases of oral cancer in the UK up by more than 50% in the last decade alone. While many cases are linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and sexual activity, it is important to remember that mouth cancer could affect anybody.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Signs and Symptoms of Mouth Cancer, these are things to look out for:
- Ulcers that do not heal within 3 weeks
- Pain or discomfort in the mouth
- Lumps and swellings of no obvious cause in the mouth or neck
- Bleeding from the mouth or throat
- Red or white patches inside the mouth
- Changes in texture; hardness, roughness
- Teeth that become loose
- Difficulty or pain with swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw
- Persistent hoarseness or changes to the voice
- Persistent coughing or the feeling that something is ‘stuck’ in the throat
- Numbness or tingling of the lips or tongue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Dentures that suddenly stop fitting properly
The do it yourself mouth cancer check that may save your life.
Are you checking your mouth for cancer once a month? Do it regularly and save your life!
During a self-examination, look at the skin on the face and neck to check for:
- New swellings
- Moles and spots that get bigger, become hard or start to bleed
- Changes to the colour or texture of the skin
That’s quite a list but remember the mouth is prone to all sorts of damage. We bite ourselves, burn ourselves with hot food and drink and damage the inside of our mouths with spicy foods or scrape it with hard things. Bleeding gums and loose teeth are commonly caused by gum disease. Many people are prone to mouth ulcers (never lasting more than 3 weeks).
Skin conditions like lichen planus can cause ulceration, changes to texture and white patches and infection with thrush and other microorganisms are common. Most dentures become loose simply because they are old. Pain in the mouth is often due to toothache or abscesses. The chances of the signs and symptoms above being due to cancer are low but we all know our own bodies’ best so if you have ANY SUSPICION THAT SOMETHING MAY BE WRONG contact your dentist or doctor IMMEDIATELY.
Peace of mind
Every dental consultation commences with an extra-oral and intra-oral examination, evaluated in conjunction with your medical history and lifestyle, to determine whether you are at risk of mouth cancer.
If you have noticed any of the signs and symptoms described on this website or have any other reason to believe you may have mouth or other head and neck cancer you should CONTACT YOUR DENTIST OR DOCTOR WITHOUT DELAY.