Hello Birmingham cosmetic dental friends. Today’s topic is ‘The Dangers Of Smokeless Tobacco’.
Cigarette sales at most Birmingham stores have decreased in the past decade, but some Birmingham tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the Birmingham area (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as conventional cigarettes.
At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco in this state.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers harmful chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth. This can lead to the need for costly restorative dentistry procedures such as dental implants or laser dentistry.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening in Birmingham: Mouth Lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions often disappear within a year for Birmingham dental patients.
Oral Cancer in Birmingham: Smokeless tobacco use in Birmingham increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the sedation dentistry patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we want to help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible. To schedule an appointment, call 205-202-8618.
If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you consult Dr. Koch at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, your Birmingham primary care doctor, or your Birmingham pharmacist.
Koch Aesthetic Dentistry
2311 Highland Ave S, Ste 323
Birmingham, Alabama 35205