Cigarette smoking has decreased in the United States over the past decade, but tobacco is still very much with us. Some consumers have switched to smokeless products. The topic of this blog post from the Wilson Dental Group is ‘The Dangers Of Smokeless Tobacco’.
There is a common misconception (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type, spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as old-school cigarettes.
At Wilson Dental Group, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco in North Carolina.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker tucked in there. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers harmful chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening in North Carolina: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions ordinarily disappear within a year for dental patients.
Oral Cancer in Wilson: Smokeless tobacco use in Wilson increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. In addition, we should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
At Wilson Dental Group in Wilson, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you meet with one of the dentists at Wilson Dental Group, or another health care professional. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.
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