Chewing Tobacco and Its Effects on Your Oral Health
Many people opt to chew tobacco in an effort to protect their health from the negative effects of smoking. However, chewing tobacco may pose just as many dental health problems for its users as other types of tobacco. Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, explains.
Nearly 30 different carcinogens are found in chewing tobacco, according to the American Dental Association. These toxins increase the risk of oral cancer, a particularly dangerous type of cancer, but they can also increase your risk of suffering other dental health problems.
Chewing tobacco users may be more susceptible to gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. They may also be more likely to suffer from increased tooth loss and sensitivity. Because tobacco use can interfere with healing, some dental treatments or procedures, such as dental implants, may be inappropriate for tobacco users. Other procedures, such as root canals or dental extractions, may have an increased risk of complications or slow healing in smokers or chewing tobacco users.
Quitting chewing tobacco can be as difficult as quitting smoking. We can offer our patients the supportive treatments they need as they work to regain their dental and overall health. Many patients find that embracing healthier lifestyle choices, such as a balanced diet and moderate exercise routine, enables them to better take control of their health and kick the habit. Other patients benefit from therapy and nicotine replacement products.
Contact our dental office today to learn more about how you can keep your smile healthy or to schedule your next consultation.
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