What Is the Impact of Smoking on Teeth and Gums?

Posted on Jun 25, 2021 in News

Smoking increases the risk of oral health problems, including oral cancer. Your dentist can help you take steps to stop smoking and reduce the potential damage to your teeth and gums from tobacco products.

Key takeaways:

  • Tobacco products contain chemicals which can increase bacteria in the oral cavity, putting you at a major risk of gum disease.
  • The immune system is affected by smoking, impeding the healing process after dental restorative procedures.
  • Smoking accelerates jaw bone loss and contributes to gum disease, placing smokers at higher risk of tooth loss.

“Once teeth are lost, replacing them is important to retain the function of your teeth as well as your appearance. But since smokers can experience complications following restoration procedures, you may need to consider quitting or else have limited options for replacing your natural teeth. “

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Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.