Tobacco & Your Teeth: The Risks of Chewing and Smoking | esther kim dds

Discover the impact of tobacco on your oral health with guidance from Esther Kim DDS at Beyond Just Smiles.

While most people are aware of the severe health risks associated with tobacco, the effects on your mouth and teeth can be equally alarming. Whether it’s chewing or smoking, tobacco poses significant dangers to your oral health. Here’s what tobacco can do to your mouth:

Chewing Tobacco:
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), tobacco chewers increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by 50 times. Tobacco dissolves gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots and creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, causing decay. If you’re using chewing tobacco, it’s crucial to stop. Consult our experienced oral health team at Beyond Just Smiles to learn how to keep your mouth healthy.

According to a report by the AGD, smoking one pack a day can lead to the loss of two teeth per decade of your life. Smoking significantly increases your odds of losing teeth. Both cigarettes and cigars are damaging to your oral health, causing staining and an unattractive smile.

Oral Cancer:
Oral cancer can develop in various places in your mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. While those over 50 and men are at increased risk, oral cancer has been on the rise, especially among people under 30, according to the AGD. Schedule an appointment with us for a thorough oral health examination, including an oral cancer screening, particularly if you use tobacco. Our dentist performs quick screenings, checking for irregularities in your mouth, teeth, and cheeks. Early detection of oral cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes.

If you’re a tobacco user, we strongly advise you to quit. Work with our professional dental team at Beyond Just Smiles and your doctor to overcome tobacco use. Regular oral health examinations are essential, especially for tobacco users. Schedule a visit to our office so that we can work with you to identify any potential issues.

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit, please contact Beyond Just Smiles. We’re here to support your journey to optimal oral health.

Beyond Dentistry of Nashua
Phone: (603) 882-3001
76 Allds St STE 6
Nashua, NH 03060