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National No-Smoking Day - Something to smile about
Giving up smoking is the single best step anyone can take to improve their quality of life and really would be something to smile about on National No Smoking Day, Wednesday 8th March. On the other hand, continuing to ignore the health advice is likely to mean you won't have much smile left a few years down the line.
The original, peroxide-free home tooth whitening experts, Rapid White, has compiled an insiders view behind the smoker's smile – just 5 of the many good reasons to kick the habit:
Teeth staining – the yellow teeth and brown stains of smokers is caused by sticky tar deposits found in cigarettes, just one by-product of the 4700 chemicals inhaled in every puff, including formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, ammonia and arsenic!
Plaque – smokers are more likely to develop calculus or plaque that hardens on the teeth and can only be removed by being scraped away by the dentist.
Plaque collects at the base of our teeth, where bacteria then forms and infects the gums, which is the start of serious problems for the smoker.
Gum disease – smokers are 6 times more likely to have gum disease. Smoking reduces the body's ability to fight disease in the first place but Nicotine also constricts the tiny blood vessels which reduces the flow to the gums and makes smokers less likely to feel the tell tale pains of possible gum problems. By the time the smoker does notice the damage being inflicted, it's all too often too late.
Teeth loss – a smoker's blood pressure is lowered by around 40% one hour after smoking just one cigarette and this, combined with the restricted blood flow, deprives hard and soft mouth tissue of the essential nutrients that keep our teeth firmly in place. The rate of tooth loss in a male smoker is almost 3 teeth every 10 years – twice the rate of non smokers.
Mouth cancer – smoking causes 75% of all oral cancers, including cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. The smoke and chemicals cause changes and damage in the mouth and throat which means smokers develop 4 or
5 times more oral cancers than non smokers.
Everyone planning to give up on March 8th can take a positive step to a bright new non-smokers smile with the affordable range of home tooth whitening products from Rapid White, available exclusively in Boots. The Rapid White Tooth Whitening System (£19.95) takes just 5-10 minutes to apply and has been clinically proven to whiten teeth by up to 6 shades in 2 weeks with a gentle but effective non-peroxide formula, in particular lifting stains caused by smoking. Other products in the Rapid White range include a Starter Kit (£7.95), the ultra quick and convenient Brightstick (£12.99), Extreme Whitening Toothpaste (£7.95) and Daily Whitening Toothpaste (£6.95).
: 02/03/2006 15:56:04
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