According to recent research undertaken by the NHS Information Centre, nearly 1 in 2 (45%) of 11 to 15 year olds are cosuming alcohol, and over 1 in 4 (27%) admitted to smoking. Although these figures show an improvement over the last 10 years, the British Dental Health Foundation believes they still show cause for concern.
The Chief executive of the Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, warns that smokers are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Smoking and alcohol are also the two predominant causes of mouth cancer, and, when combined, increase the risk of getting the disease by up to 30 times.
Guidelines suggest men should not consume more than 21 units of alcohol per week, and women no more than 14 units. The survey revealed that children of this age group were consuming 12.9 units, which is even as adults, approaching unhealthy levels.
Although the levels of smokers has fallen since previous years, it is still a fact that habits concerning smoking and alcohol consumtion relating to oral health is of concern. It is still found that smoking and alcohol abuse accounts for 3 in every 4 cases of mouth cancer.
Smile Cliniq understands the importance of oral health and how smoking and alcohol abuse can cause a devastating effect on a person’s oral health. An examination at Smile Cliniq dental practice includes a full check-up of the patient’s teeth, gums, and soft tissues. During this the dentist checks for signs of oral cancer, and also takes a thorough record of the medical history to identify any risks.
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Attending regular 6-monthly check-ups and catching signs for potential diseases like gum disease and oral cancer is vital to allow for quick action and preventing further deterioration. If you would like to book in for a dental assessment with our dentists at Smile Cliniq, please give us a call on:
0208 343 1133 (Finchley Branch)
0207 328 1200 (St Johns Wood Branch)
or send us an email to [email protected]