Happy Halloween from us here at Yew Tree Dental Practice 


During Stoptober, there is free support on offer to help people quit including stop smoking medications, Facebook groups, an app and face to face support from local stop smoking services. Since the launch of Stoptober in 2012, it has supported over one and a half million quit attempts and is the largest and most popular mass quit smoking event in the UK.

Have You Ever Wondered
What’s In a Cigarette?

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 60 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT.

Cancer causing chemicals in tobacco smoke include:

Vinyl chloride
Ethylene oxide

Currently all tobacco products available that are smoked deliver substantial amounts of toxic chemicals to their users and those who breathe their smoke.

Nicotine is highly addictive. Smoke containing nicotine is inhaled into the lungs, and the nicotine reaches your brain in just six seconds.

While not as serious as heroin addiction, addiction to nicotine also poses very serious health risks in the long run.

Nicotine in small doses acts as a stimulant to the brain. In large doses, it’s a depressant, inhibiting the flow of signals between nerve cells. In even larger doses, it’s a lethal poison, affecting the heart, blood vessels, and hormones. Nicotine in the bloodstream acts to make the smoker feel calm.

As a cigarette is smoked, the amount of tar inhaled into the lungs increases, and the last puff contains more than twice as much tar as the first puff. Carbon monoxide makes it harder for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Tar is a mixture of substances that together form a sticky mass in the lungs.

Most of the chemicals inhaled in cigarette smoke stay in the lungs. The more you inhale, the better it feels and the greater the damage to your lungs. 



Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders, but the common characteristic is that they all affect the affected person’s personality, thought processes or social interactions. They can be difficult to clearly diagnose, unlike physical illnesses. According to data 20 percent of people suffer from a form of mental disorder, and 5 percent suffer from a disorder severe enough to affect school, work, or other aspects of daily life. It has become more apparent and spoken about more now people feel there is less of a stigma attached to it. But many of us still suffer in silence and often go undiagnosed for many years, or are never diagnosed. If you are affected or know someone who has issues encourage them to get help. There are many groups now that offer support. Below is an anonymous link to one of them called big white wall. It was founded in 2007 since then they have helped over 76000 people living with anxiety and depression. It is free and completely confidential. 


Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. Not every cancer can be found this way, but it is a critical step you can and should take for yourself. Do it monthly and keep a diary. Please don’t panic and think the worst. Although that’s easy to say many lumps turn out to be just down to the change in your monthly hormone cycle.
A breast self-examination is a technique which allows an individual to examine his/her breast tissue for any physical or visual changes. It is often used as an early detection method for breast cancer. Both men and women should perform a self-examination at least once each month beginning from the age of 18. It is widely publicised about women and breast cancer but men can also be affected. Cancer has no gender issues! At the moment our NHS screens women between the ages of 50-70. Patients over the age of 70 are not routinely recalled so then its up to you to contact your breast screening clinic or GP.


October – World Smile day

You can follow the link below to see how you could make a change 


Re-start a heart day 16th October 

Last year 195,000 young people were trained in life saving skills across the UK.

This year Restart a Heart Day will take place on Tuesday 16 October 2018. Whether you work at a school. You training for your workplace now is the time to get involved.

As dental professionals it is part of our jobs to keep up to date with our CPR training, above is the picture of my resuscitation doll. As you can see he was feeling cold so I put my hat on him to keep him warm as well as resuscitating him. He survived! 

Week beginning 24th of October for this week is sugar awareness week.
So here are some for healthy alternatives to sugary sweets for Halloween  


Halloween can be a challenging time to stay healthy. BBC good food link below gives us a few ideas. I hope some of the pictures I have included in our news letter also gives you some ideas.


Up coming dates for November 

All month is Mouth cancer action
Bonfire night – stay safe
National alcohol awareness week from the 13th – 19th
Blue lip selfie day

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