We all know that avoiding smoking is the healthiest route to go down…but we’re aware that sometimes this is easier said than done!

It’s worth weighing up the pros and cons of popular alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes, before deciding to rely on them. Are they really that much better?

A false sense of security?

Although it may seem as though the negative effects of e-cigarettes are somewhat uncommon, it’s important to remember that they still contain nicotine and a higher level of potentially harmful chemicals, which can lead to gum damage, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

You should also consider that the full extent of the effects will only become clearer over time, which means that e-cigarette users are left with very little knowledge in this area and may be damaging themselves more than they realise. With this in mind, health officials have recently argued that the potential risks should result in the banning of e-cigarette usage in public places including restaurants and pubs.

What are the positives?

However, in comparison to regular cigarettes, the electronic option can help reduce cravings for the real thing in those trying to give up. They won’t stain your teeth and don’t create second hand smoke for those around you.

The BBC also reported the findings of a study which suggested that people who try to give up smoking without the help of a professional are 60% more likely to succeed with e-cigarettes. In this case, it would seem that the potential risks of e-cigarettes are outweighed by the possibility for long-term success.

Here at Ollie and Darsh we prioritise the health of our customers. If you are a smoker, or would just like to put your mind at ease, we offer oral cancer screenings, using the VELscope, which is a high-tech, non-invasive and painless piece of equipment that is able to detect abnormal tissue in a matter of minutes.  This screening test helps ensure any abnormalities are dealt with quickly and gives you the best chance of receiving successful treatment.

To find out more about oral cancer screening at Ollie & Darsh, make sure you give our friendly, knowledgeable team a call call 0151 65 910 65 or contact us online and we’ll be able to take you through the next steps in the process and keep your smile looking great for years to come.