Smoking is a well-known and documented risk factor in the causes of gum disease and oral cancer.
The prevalence of oral cancer has been worryingly on the increase in recent times. It is one of the primary reasons to visit your dentist regularly for dental health checks which include oral cancer screening.
If caught in the early stages, oral cancer can be treated well with much more favourable survival rates than if detected later on in the progression of the disease.
Giving up smoking is not particularly easy, especially if the habit has been established for a long time. In the first instance, it requires a strong desire on the part of the patient to want to kick the habit.
It is helpful if the support of friends and family is available as it helps in the initial stages to avoid situations where temptation may be too hard to resist.