Whether it is cigars, cigarettes, or chewing tobacco, these various types of tobacco products have a real and lasting impact on your teeth. It is important you understand the dangers associated with tobacco before you choose to use those products.
Beyond just your teeth, these various different types of products have a number of negative health effects. Tobacco products have been shown to be highly addictive and to be linked at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals. Thus, tobacco can lead to cancer and other health problems like COPD.
Since tobacco is consumed however through the mouth, your teeth are especially at risk. When you use smokeless tobacco, you can irritate your gums. This may cause them to recede or become damaged. As a result, people using tobacco are at a higher risk of other oral health issues such as cavities or tooth decay. Increased sensitivity in the teeth is also common in people who frequently use tobacco products.
Tobacco use also commonly leads to oral cancer. For more information on oral cancer, see our blog post specifically on oral cancer. Common signs of oral cancer include general tenderness and irritation, pain, development of lumps or patches inside the mouth, and sores. Your mouth may also experience a change in color, and you have have trouble eating, speaking, and essentially using your jaw and tongue.
While using tobacco products is a choice, it is important you understand the risks you are taking. Your teeth and your body will be healthier and happier without tobacco products. If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer or tobacco use, contact Masters Dental today!