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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Another health puritan

My bloody dentist.

All he seems able to do is bang on about me giving up smoking. last thing I knew dentists were not doctors, so why is he banging on about it?



Has their been some incentive given to dentists to coerce their patients to give up smoking?

Smoking remains the largest single preventable cause of death and disability in the UK and costs the NHS £1.7 billion each year.1 More than 120,000 people die prematurely due to smoking related diseases. Worldwide smoking is the single most important public health problem. The detrimental effects of smoking and tobacco use on oral health are well recognised. Oral cancers and pre-cancers, periodontal diseases and poor wound healing are the most significant and serious effects of smoking on the mouth.2, 3 In addition, staining of the teeth, soft tissue changes and halitosis are aesthetic and social impacts of smoking directly related to oral health.

No, but they are subjected to the same brain washing as other health service “professionals”. The paragraph above is from the British dental journal.

I wouldn’t mind so much if I was getting treatment under the NHS. However I have been forced to go private due to the dearth of NHS funded dentists in my area. Therefore he can shut the fuck up in future, otherwise I shall take my money elsewhere.

And what the fuck is:

Background Smoking is correlated with a large number of oral conditions such as tooth staining and bad breath.

Answers on a post card to ”Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” as he seems to be the biggest winger in the country.


  1. Change your dentist.

    The one you have is a twat.


  2. I write this on a Sunday morning with a coffee and a smoke next to me, and a metaphorical spring in my step.

    A few years ago, my expensive dentist (a top man, BTW), mentioned that smoking could be bad for my gums as I get older. Not long afterwards I bumped into him in the pub, enjoying a small cigar (this was still the Good Old Days, just). He hasn't given me any smoking-related bollocks since.


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