Cigarette sales have decreased in the past decade, but some tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products. The team at Freedom Village Dental wants you to know this is not a viable alternative.
There is, unfortunately, 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 conventional cigarettes.
At Freedom Village Dental, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common problems caused by smokeless tobacco.
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 even worse, delivers detrimental 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.
Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions frequently disappear within a year or so.
Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk of 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. As if they were not enough, however, you may have heard that a Texas man died in early 2019 after his e-cigarette exploded in his face. His was the second known death from an exploding e-cigarette.
If you want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you talk to the dentist at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC. We offer oral cancer screenings and mouth lesion examinations as part of our general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Make an appointment today.
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