YOU already know that smoking kills, but do you know all the gross things it can do to your mouth?
It makes sense that your mouth is so badly affected, after all it has first point of contact with the cigarette.
Getty Images Smoking kills – it is a fact no smoker can claim to be ignorant to. But, there are other ways the addiction can impact on the health of your mouth
Every year in the UK, 96,000 people will die from diseases caused by smoking.
And about half of all regular smokers will be killed by their addictions – something National No Smoking Day today is trying to end.
The chemicals from cigarette smoke invade the body, ravaging the lungs, and increasing a smoker’s risk of various cancers, heart disease and stroke.
But, don’t forget all those chemicals are going to damage your mouth as well.
Oral Health Foundation experts have revealed seven grim ways smoking is affecting your mouth – and how you can avoid it by quitting.
1. Unsightly yellow teeth
In a relatively short period of time, the effects of regularly lighting up will begin to show.
The nicotine and tar in tobacco will stain your teeth, turning them an unsightly shade of yellow.
Heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking.
But, this is just the beginning of the toll your habit will have on your mouth.
Getty Images Smoking can eat away at the bone that holds your teeth in place. When this bone structure is weakened, smokers are at much greater risk of losing their teeth
2. Gum disease and tooth loss
Not only does smoking stain your teeth, but it also affects how your teeth connect to your gums, and the bone in your jaw.
As a result, smokers are at heightened risk of suffering gum disease.
Smoking severely affects the tissue in the gums, which makes them far more vulnerable to infection.
FAG END Just one cigarette a day is ‘almost as dangerous as 20 – hiking your heart attack and stroke risk by 40%’
It can also lead to bone loss in the jaw, and can eat away at the bone that holds your teeth in place.
When this bone structure is weakened, smokers are at much greater risk of losing their teeth.
3. Build-up of bacteria
Puffing away each day also promotes the build-up of bacteria, or plaque, all over the teeth.
This can trigger decay and result in cavities – increasing the need for an unpleasant trip to the dentist, no doubt.
But, plaque caused by smoking can also affect the tissues supporting the roots of the teeth, beneath the gum, and weakens the bone supporting the tooth.
Getty – Contributor Smoking causes a a build-up of bacteria which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay
4. Scaly teeth
When plaque stays on the teeth for a long time due to not cleaning your teeth properly it hardens into a scaly like substance called tartar.
Smokers are more likely to suffer from tartar which often leads to receding gums and gum disease.
5. Mouth and tongue cancer
Every cigarette contains thousands of chemicals.
No smoker can claim to be ignorant to the fact their habit drastically increases their risk of cancer.
But, for many their automatic assumption is smoking causes lung cancer.
Correct, but lighting up also increases the risk of other forms of the disease – and accounts for more than one in four cancer deaths in the UK.
On the long list of cancers smoking can trigger is mouth cancer.
Smoking transforms a person’s saliva into a deadly cocktail, which damages the cells in the mouth turning them cancerous.
The addiction is responsible for causing roughly two in every three cases of the disease.
Getty Images Smoking transforms a person’s saliva into a deadly cocktail, which damages the cells in the mouth turning them cancerous. Pictured, tongue cancer under the microscope
6. Bad breath
‘Smoker’s breath’ is often one of the first problems you develop when smoking.
Cigarettes leave smoke particles lingering in the mouth, throat and lungs long after you have finished your cigarette.
7. Spotty mouth
Smoking often causes a white or grey patch to develop on the tongue, cheek, or the floor of the mouth, known as leukoplakia.
This happens due to the constant irritation of the soft tissues inside the mouth due to smoking.
SO… HOW CAN YOU AVOID THESE PROBLEMS? QUIT!
The best way to put a stop to these unpleasant problems is simple in theory, though often not in practice.
Stubbing out your habit and quitting smoking can drastically slash your risk of all the dangers linked to smoking.
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding Dress Code Has Been Revealed… And It’s Not As Stuffy As You Might Think
THE royal wedding is the most high-society event of the year, so most people were probably expecting a strict dress code – but if you’ve scored an invite, you don’t need to panic.
But what do guests have to wear to such an occasion? This is what the invites revealed…
PA:Press Association The official royal wedding invitation has been revealed, and the dress code is visible in the bottom right corner
What is the dress code for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?
The dress code on the royal invitation requests a “morning suit or lounge suit” for men, and a “day dress with hat” for women.
While it definitely doesn’t have anything to do with lounging in the way we might think, a lounge suit is relatively fuss free, and is simply a suit worn with a shirt and tie.
It’s typically worn for business, and many daytime and evening social events such as christenings, funerals, and Ascot – so many guests probably have one in their wardrobe already.
A morning suit is slightly more formal, and traditional for men to wear at weddings, official functions, and formals events in the presence of the Queen.
AFP or licensors The couple are set to tie the knot on May 19
It involves a black or grey coat, a double or single breasted waistcoat, polished shoes, a hankerchief in the left breast pocket, and a top hat (although this can be carried instead of worn, or even dispensed later).
For example, Prince William and Harry wore morning suits to the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, and Prince Harry wore a lounge suit on the day of his engagement announcement.
A day dress for women is a dress that would be worn to a similar social occasion to a lounge suit – ideally knee length and reasonably formal, but according to the invitation, it also require a hat to smarten the look.
Getty – Contributor Prince William and Harry wore morning suits to William’s sister-in-law’s wedding
What was the dress code for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding?
It’s not the first time the royals have provided their guests with a fairly relaxed dress code, as Prince William and Kate Middleton gave the same instructions for their big day.
But it does mean that guests can relax and not need to rush to Marks and Spencer before May – just scrub up your usual suit, and perhaps buy a new tie.
It is a rather special occasion, after all.
Your Smartphone Could Be Causing You Wrinkles – So Here’s How To Prevent Premature Ageing
WHETHER it’s sending a text, checking social media or reading the news, for many our lives are ruled by our smartphones.
But experts say devices could be causing us to develop wrinkles, age our skin prematurely and even alter the pigmentation.
Getty – Contributor Smartphones could be giving you wrinkles – experts say
Researchers put it down to what’s known as HEV light – that’s the blue glare your phone gives off when the screen is lit up.
HEV light is short for high energy visible light and it’s pretty close to UV light on the electromagnetic spectrum, which means it is equally as damaging to the skin as it can be to other elements such as our eyes.
We are exposed to this light from the sun’s rays as well as everyday gadgets such as smartphones, laptops, iPads and computer screens.
A 2010 study suggests that this wavelength of light can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, making it potentially even more invasive, leading to premature ageing, wrinkling and changes to skin pigmentation.
Getty Images – Getty The blue glare your phone gives off when the screen is lit up is known as HEV light
As it’s unlikely we’re all about to start ditching our devices, dermatologists say we need to start doing more to protect our skin.
Amanda Von Dem Hagen, lead skincare developer at glo skin beauty, has offered up her four top tips…
1. Pile on the SPF
The best thing you can do is to apply a high SPF everyday, as just like with UV rays, HEV light can damage the natural processes of the skin, causing premature ageing to occur.
Many women assume that you only need and SPF cream when heading out into the sun, but actually it can protect you from many different life elements, with HEV light being one of them.
Getty – Contributor Skincare developer Amanda Von Dem Hagen, from glo, says wearing SPF will help prevent early signs of ageing
2. Limit your screen time
It may be worth taking a little digital detox to try and limit your screen time, using SPF will help protect your skin, but ultimately if you can limit using your usage, this will help your skin to regenerate and take a break from the light.
3. Less frowning
It’s not just HEV light than can cause premature ageing, frowning or creasing your face up to look at something small can have a huge effect on your skin and can promote premature ageing through these muscle movements.
The best way to stop this is to ensure you use your phone indoors, or in a place where you can see it clearly.
Many people who use their phone in daylight end up frowning as they can’t see the screen properly.
Getty – Contributor Limiting your screen time and trying not to squint or frown at your phone should help reduce lines and wrinkles
4. Invest in your Skin
Two little ingredients that will go a long way in your skincare are Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.
Vitamin C is an essential ingredient as it helps to stimulate collagen production, which keeps skin tight and plump to prevent wrinkles.
Ensuring you have a regular daytime and night-time skin routine is paramount to protecting your skin against screens.
Using a serum which is high in hyaluronic acid will help to re-plump and regenerate the skin.
You should also ensure you are double cleansing and using a really good night cream so your skin can restore overnight before you start a new day.
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Skinnydip Launch A Nintendo Accessories Collection And 90s Kids Can’t Get Enough
IT seems like we love anything that makes us feel nostalgic – whether it be Disney inspired clothes, or fairy tale homeware.
The latest 90s fashion hybrid to hit shelves is Skinnydip’s range of Nintendo inspired accessories, and they’ll have you reaching for the N64.
Super Mario was one of our favourite video game characters
The range only launched recently, but fans have already gone wild for the collection, and you can see why.
There are three phone cases to fit whatever mood you’re in – one has a glittery case filled with the popular characters, and the other two have the slogan ‘Game Over’ (because we all remember that sinking feeling after losing at Super Mario Kart).
The one thing we miss about mobile phones in the 90s is the battery power of the Nokie 3310, but you can charge up your phone with a Pink heart Portable charger.
It featured the pixelated logo we all remember – the one that tells you how many ‘lives’ you’ve got left during a game of Super Mario Bros.
Phone case, £14, Skinnydip
This phone case keeps modern with holographic vibes Phone case, £18, Skinnydip
All your favourite characters feature in this glittery case Phone Case, £16, Skinnydip
This case will have you missing your trusty Game Boy Colour Portable phone charger, £25, Skinnydip
We never needed phone chargers in the 90s… but we didn’t have smartphones back then
Or for a thrifty accessory, you’ll love the star key charm, which will remind you of the coveted rare item that turned your character invincible, so perhaps is a great way to fend off enemies.
Finally, there are some ultra cool checkerboard print designs.
You can wear the print as a rucksack or bumbag, or tidy your dressing table with the make-up bag.
In true 90s style, it’s probably best to fill it with body glitter, blue eyeshadow, and frosted lipstick.
Fans on Twitter have gone wild for the range, with one saying that it’s “so cute”, and many others complaining that it frustratingly launched when they were “broke”.
Key chain, £8, Skinnydip
This star keychain can update any bag Backpack, £30, Skinnydip
This statement rucksack will have you fondly remembering your school days Make-up bag, £14, Skinnydip
Keep your cosmetics clean with this make-up bag
Online shopping wasn’t such an easy option in the 90s, but this range is available on the Skinnydip website, as well as in store.
They’ll have to wanting to invite your friends over for a Mario Kart tournament, so you may need to start digging out your old copies of the games.
The 90s may have been full of questionable fashion, but these accessories are seriously cool.
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