Chewing Tobacco and Your Dental Health

Chewing Tobacco and Your Dental Health

Smoking has long been known to be a significant health hazard, which is why some have turned to chewing tobacco instead to get their nicotine fix. However, chewing tobacco is not a healthier alternative to smoking. It has been associated with serious dental health concerns.

According to the American Dental Association, chewing tobacco contains more than two dozen chemicals that are linked to cancer. Those who chew tobacco are more likely to develop oral cancer, suffer from slow healing, have limited treatment options for dental diseases, experience a reduction in their senses, and suffer from stained teeth or bad breath.

Tobacco users are also more likely to suffer from periodontal disease, which may not only cause tooth sensitivity and tooth loss, but has also been linked to serious overall health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Bleeding gums, swollen gums and receding gums are all symptoms of periodontal disease. Mouth sores and drooling are also potential side effects of chewing tobacco.

Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine, the same chemical that makes cigarettes so addictive, which is why just 30 minutes of chewing tobacco can produce the same results as smoking three cigarettes in a row. It can be hard to kick the tobacco habit, but Dr. Afar, dentist in Los Angeles, can provide you with tips and suggestions that can make the process easier. Knowing your dental health is at stake can also give you the extra push you need to break the habit.

Learn more about your options by scheduling a consultation and dental exam with Dr. Afar, Los Angeles periodontist, today.