We’ve known for decades now that tobacco is an incredibly harmful and addictive substance, yet many people are still smoking or chewing. What damage is tobacco really causing you?
Aside from cancers of the heart, trachea and lung, smoking tobacco can also cause a number of oral cancers, affecting parts of your mouth like your lips, inside cheek, tongue and gums. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, smokers are twice as likely to experience lost teeth as those who have never smoked or are no longer smoking. Smoking tobacco also causes significant staining and tooth discoloration, and if you have composite fillings, they’ll have to be replaced if you ever have tooth whitening or bleaching.
If you use chewing tobacco, you may be getting up to 10 times the amount of nicotine as your smoking brethren. Also, your risk of oral cancers increases considerably. Because tobacco juice is acidic, you’re also at risk for root cavities, shrinking gums and very sensitive teeth.
We know that breaking the tobacco habit – whether smoked or chewed—is incredibly difficult. Ask us for more information on how to quit and where to find the help you need to do so. Livonia Dental Care is on your side, and we’re here to help you have even more to smile about!