Hello Glendale dental friends. Today’s topic is ‘The Dangers Of Smokeless Tobacco’.
Cigarette sales at most Glendale stores have decreased in the past decade, but some Glendale tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the Glendale 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 old-school cigarettes.
At On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency 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 Arizona.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker tucked in there. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers dangerous 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.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening in Arizona: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions usually disappear within a year for Arizona dental patients.
Oral Cancer in Glendale: Smokeless tobacco use in Glendale 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 Arizona 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. Moreover, I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
At On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry in Glendale, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. To receive more specifics, or schedule an appointment, call 480-800-8078.
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