If you don’t already know that tobacco products are the number one cause of lung cancer and other diseases, then you have been living on the moon. As a habit that is not only addicting but that can be viewed as social as well, it can be hard to give up cigarettes or chewing tobacco. However, as the list of diseases associated with tobacco products grows longer, your desire to quit should become stronger? Not yet convinced? Read on to learn three oral health reasons why you should quit smoking or chewing.
As the most frightening word to hear come out of the mouth of your doctor or dentist, cancer is something that can sometimes be prevented. As such, if you are a smoker, your risk of developing multiple cancers, including oral cancer, is drastically increased. And, if left untreated, oral cancer can spread through your body or require extensive surgery.
Have you ever looked at a fellow smoker’s teeth only to notice that they are tinged yellow and may look a bit damaged as well? Tobacco can not only stain your teeth, but it can also make you more prone to developing bacteria that can cause things like cavities.
Increased Risk of Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of missing teeth. By weakening your gums, gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Because your gums are consistently being exposed to harmful chemicals in the tobacco and smoke, they can become easily infected. Additionally, smoking can lower your mouth’s ability to heal itself which means that even if you get treated for gum disease, it will take longer for it to heal.
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Chewing and smoking tobacco have serious oral health consequences. Just in case you needed a few other reasons to quit, this article is indication enough that it’s time to gather support and quit. To learn more about other oral health diseases and concerns, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook at (505) 881-1159.