In recent years the medical industry, media and state legislatures have made moves to increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco use. Along with cardiovascular problems and increased cancer risk Tobacco use can also have a serious negative impact on your oral health.
On a cosmetic level frequent tobacco use causes deep staining of the teeth as well as bad breath. Covering your bad breath with lozenges and other hard candy adds unnecessary sugar to your mouth. This increases the buildup of plaque and tartar which can lead to gum disease.
Gum tissue is also irritated by tobacco use. In some cases this can lead to infection and increased recovery time after dental procedures.
Research conducted by the Oral Cancer Foundation has linked tobacco use to at least eight major forms of oral cancer. Frequent, heavy tobacco use also increases a person’s chances of developing oral cancer. It also increases the chances of developing oral cancer at an earlier age.
Tobacco cessation can be a serious challenge. Fortunately there are several tobacco cessation programs available for you to choose from.
If you have questions about tobacco cessation or you’re concerned that you are developing oral health problems related to your tobacco use, please feel free to call us at 770-435-6888 to schedule an appointment.