It’s time to stop using tobacco products!
Posted on May 13, 2016
Do you smoke cigarettes or cigars, or chew tobacco? If so, your mouth, teeth, and gum are at risk! Furthermore, the health of your entire body is linked to your mouth. Let the team at Sunlight Dental Group help you stop using tobacco products.
Negative effects of tobacco are:
- Oral, throat, and lung cancer
- Periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss and sensitivity
- Delayed healing after a tooth extraction or other oral surgery
- Fewer options dental care or treatment
- Bad breath
- Stained teeth and tongue
- A diminished sense of taste and smell
Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes. They have the same negative effects. Even without inhaling the smoke, you are still at risk for all the effects listed.
Like cigarettes and cigars, smokeless tobacco products contain a variety of toxins associated with cancer. Users also may be at risk for cancer of the voice box, esophagus, colon and bladder, because they swallow some of the toxins in the juice created by using smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is known to cause cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue, and pancreas. Sugar is often added to enhance the flavor of smokeless tobacco, increasing the risk for tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco also typically contains sand and grit, which can wear down the teeth.
If you are a tobacco user, there’s no time like the present to quit. There are a so many ways to begin. Talk to your family, friends, dentist, and doctor and together we can form a team to help you stop using tobacco.
Talk to the team at Sunlight Dental Group and we would be more than happy to assist and support you.
Sunlight Dental Group