Whether you have been a tobacco user via smoking or chewing, your oral health most likely has been compromised. Tobacco use is not only known for increasing the risks of heart disease, emphysema, stroke or lung and throat cancers, but it is the leading cause for oral cancer. Dentists in Arizona and throughout the globe are all too aware of the risks associated with the use of tobacco.
Oral Health and the Consequences of Smoking
Many a smoker is naïve to the fact that their tobacco dependency can lead to a plethora of oral health issues. Naturally a few of those issues are easily recognized such as bad breath and stained teeth or tooth discoloration. However, the list is much broader:
- Inflammation of the salivary gland on the roof of the mouth.
- Increased risk for developing gum disease, which leads to tooth loss.
- Increased risk of white patches inside the mouth called leukoplakia.
- Increased bone loss within the jaw area.
- Increased tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth surface.
- Inability to heal properly after tooth extraction, periodontal treatment or surgery.
- Risk of unsuccessful dental implant procedures.
- Tobacco chewers have four times more of a chance to develop mouth cancer.
Is Smokeless Tobacco Use Safer?
The answer is no. Like cigars and cigarettes, smokeless products such as snuff and chewing tobacco contain at the least twenty-eight chemicals that increase the risk of oral cancer as well as throat, and esophageal cancer. Smokeless tobacco irritates gum tissue, causing it to pull away from your teeth leaving your teeth roots exposed and susceptible to decay.
Dr. Patterson in Chandler, Arizona has seen the results of tobacco use on patients’ oral hygiene, and he is committed in helping his patients who use tobacco to overcoming the problem. Tobacco use increases risks for oral cancer. If you are struggling with dental issues commonly brought on by tobacco use, contact Patterson Dental today and make a plan to get on your way to a healthier and happier smile! (480) 280-6170.