Why to Avoid Chewing Tobacco
Do you know just how dangerous tobacco can be on your oral health?
You’ve seen the ads and you’ve heard about the dangers of chewing tobacco, but do you really know why you should ditch the habit? From the office of your Lawrence, KS dentist Dr. Paul Herrera, find out why chewing tobacco is so bad for your oral health.
It wears away tooth enamel: the grit that’s in chewing tobacco can easily wear away healthy tooth enamel and leave teeth weaker and more prone to damage.
It causes gum recession: Having chewing tobacco placed in a certain area of the gums can cause irritation and can also cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. This not only causes the tooth to loosen, but it can also expose the roots of the teeth to increase sensitivity to hot and cold.
It increases your chance of tooth decay: You may not even know this, but sugar is often added to chewing tobacco to make it taste better. Besides what you already know about chewing tobacco’s negative effects on teeth the sugar can also cause serious decay and eventually cavities.
And if you are already dealing with receding gums there are now openings between the teeth and gums that are more susceptible to decay and infection.
You’re at an increased risk for cancer: Some people may think that chewing tobacco is actually better than cigarettes, but unfortunately this is a myth. While chewing tobacco may not have the same rates of lung cancer as smokers do they are still more susceptible to oral cancer. Besides oral cancer, those who chew tobacco are also at a greater risk for throat cancer.
Discolored teeth and bad breath: It should come as no surprise that the chemicals in tobacco can cause some serious stains and discolorations for teeth, which normal brushing may not be able to remove. Your general dentist in Lawrence can help you choose the best cosmetic option to treat your dental stains.
And as if a yellowing smile wasn’t bad enough, the chemical in tobacco can also linger on the mouth and cause pretty offensive breath. Fortunately, bad breath can certainly be vanquished when you quit tobacco.
Don’t let chewing tobacco ruin your smile. Turn to your dentist in Lawrence, KS for all of your oral care needs. Rockledge Dentistry is here to promote the healthiest smile you can possibly have.