Chewing Tobacco and How It Affects Your Dental Health

Chewing Tobacco and How It Affects Your Dental Health

Smokers are at an increased risk of several dental health problems. However, smokers in search of a safer form of tobacco should not turn to chewing tobacco. According to the American Dental Association, chewing tobacco contains nearly 30 toxins. Our West Hollywood dentist encourages tobacco-users to understand the potential risks to their dental health and take steps to minimize those risks.

• Oral CancerThose who chew tobacco are at a significantly increased risk of developing oral cancer, particularly if they also drink alcohol.

• Gum diseaseTobacco users may be more likely to develop gum disease thanks to decreased circulation, dry mouth and other conditions linked to smoking and chewing. Gum disease can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.

• Delayed healingThose who chew tobacco are more likely to suffer complications after dental extractions, root canal treatments and other dental treatments.

• Limited treatment optionsIf you smoke or chew tobacco, you may not be a candidate for certain procedures, including dental implants.

• Cosmetic issuesStained teeth, discolored tongue and bad breath may not seem like serious problems compared to gum disease and oral cancer, but they can have a significant impact on your self-confidence and leave you looking older than your years.

Quitting tobacco can be difficult. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly and participation in relaxation exercises can all help you better manage your cravings. Our West Hollywood periodontist may also recommend medications that can help reduce your dependency on tobacco.

Give us a call today to learn more about how quitting tobacco can help you regain control of your health or to schedule your appointment.