Most people are aware of the negative impact tobacco, nicotine and tar pose to the circulatory and respiratory system. At the same time, it also poses a very serious threat to your oral health as well.
Tobacco very easily causes deep stains on your teeth and also causes chronic bad breath. Trying to mask your bad breath with lozenges and hard candy adds creates additional risk as the unnecessary sugar in your mouth, promotes tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’ve had dental procedures such as gum surgery or a root canal, the presence of tobacco products will increase healing time and risk of infection.
Regular tobacco use has also been related to at least eight major forms of oral cancer. The longer and heavier a person uses tobacco the more likely they are to develop oral cancer. Oral cancer also tends to occur at an earlier age in tobacco users.
While we understanding that tobacco cessation is a serious challenge, it is a small price to pay compared to the health risks associated with continued use. Talk to your doctor or oral health professional about finding the tobacco cessation program that is right for you.
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 512.260.8330 to schedule an appointment.