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New Years Resolution: Quit Smoking

January 14, 2024
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As we welcome the New Year, it’s a time for setting goals that enhance our well-being. A crucial yet often overlooked resolution is quitting smoking, a habit with profound impacts on both general and oral health. According to a detailed article by Colgate, smoking not only affects lung health but also significantly jeopardizes oral hygiene, increasing risks of oral cancer, gum disease, and other dental issues. At Ashraf Dentistry, we align with these findings and emphasize the need for comprehensive oral care, particularly for those embarking on the journey to quit smoking. (Source: Colgate, What You Need to Know About Smoking and Oral Health, https://www.colgate.com/en-ca/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/what-you-need-to-know-about-smoking-and-oral-health-0814 ).


Section 1: Reality Check

The Colgate article highlights the dire consequences of smoking on overall health, particularly oral health. Smoking is a leading preventable cause of death and disease. Smoking, often discussed in the context of lung health, has severe implications for oral health. Ashraf Dentistry comments, “Understanding the real impact of smoking is crucial. Regular dental check-ups, combined with cleanings and fillings, can mitigate some damage, but quitting is the ultimate solution. At Ashraf Dentistry, we witness firsthand the oral devastation caused by smoking. “It’s not just about yellowed teeth,” says a senior dentist at Ashraf Dentistry. “Smokers are at a higher risk for a range of oral health issues, from simple bad breath to complex diseases. Regular dental check-ups are more than just advisable; they’re necessary for smokers.”

Section 2: Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a silent killer, often going unnoticed until it’s too late. Colgate’s article points out the strong link between smoking and oral cancer. “Early detection is key in combating oral cancer,” stresses Ashraf Dentistry. “We employ advanced screening methods to identify potential signs of oral cancer. Our message to smokers is clear: regular screenings can save lives. We advocate for preventive care and urge our patients to consider the broader impact of smoking.”

Section 3: Periodontal (Gum) Disease

The article discusses how smoking doubles the risk of gum disease. “At Ashraf Dentistry, we emphasize gum disease treatment. Smoking hampers healing, making recovery from dental procedures more challenging,” the clinic advises. The toxins in cigarette smoke contribute to gum inflammation and slower healing processes. “At Ashraf Dentistry, we see an increased severity of gum disease in smokers.” “Our treatment plans for smokers are tailored to combat these heightened risks. However, the most effective treatment is quitting smoking. We offer guidance and support to our patients looking to make this life-altering change.”

Section 4: Bad Breath and Stained Teeth

Smoking causes bad breath and stains teeth, affecting one’s confidence and smile. “Cosmetic dentistry can help mitigate these issues,” explains Ashraf Dentistry. “We offer a range of treatments, from professional cleanings to teeth whitening, to help smokers. However, these are temporary solutions. The real change comes from quitting smoking. Our team supports patients not just in achieving a brighter smile but in making lifestyle changes for lasting oral health.”

Section 5: Keeping Up with Home Care

Maintaining oral hygiene is more problematic for smokers. “We encourage smokers to seek help for quitting. Cleanings and fillings are more effective when combined with good home care practices,” says Ashraf Dentistry. Simple steps like brushing twice daily, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can significantly reduce the risk of dental issues.


As we step into the New Year, let’s embrace healthier habits. Quitting smoking is a powerful resolution that profoundly affects overall and oral health. “Our message at Ashraf Dentistry is clear,” concludes the team. “Commit to your oral health this year. Let’s focus on quitting negative habits. Our commitment to gum disease treatment, cleanings and fillings, and cosmetic dentistry is to support your journey towards better oral health.”


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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