Tobacco Affects on Oral Health

[:en]Tobacco can be used in several different ways including smoking, chewing, or dipping.  Each of these ways has been linked to numerous health problems including gum disease, heart disease, strokes, lung disease, pregnancy complications, birth defects, mouth cancer, and throat cancer. Did you know that cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds? We explore further the tobacco affects on oral health below:

Tobacco Affects on Oral Health Facts – Waterpipes (Hookahs)

Smoking hookahs have been linked to many of the same health problems as cigarettes. Although viewed as not harmful, one hookah session is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.

Tobacco Affects on Oral Health Facts – Smokeless Tobacco

Dip, spit, snuff, or chew all mean chewing tobacco. Did you know that smokeless tobacco contains more than 3,000 chemicals including at least 28 cancer causing ingredients? It has been found that one can of smokeless tobacco has as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes.

Tobacco Affects on Oral Health – What Happens To Your Mouth

Tobacco can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, mouth sores, bad breath that doesn’t disappear, and discoloration of the teeth to brown.

Why Quit Tobacco?

  1. You will look and feel better
  2. Save Money

Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day is spending around $8,500 every year.

  1. Oral health will thank you for it
  2. Set an example for your friends and family

If you have trouble quitting tobacco, here are some tips that may help you in your fight:

  • Pick a low-stress time to quit, set the date and stick to it.
  • The 4 D’s
    • Delay – your craving will pass in around 5-10 minutes
    • Drink Water – it gives the hands and mouth a distraction. Something to hold and something to put in your mouth.
    • Do Something Else – Be active and distract yourself.
    • Deep Breathing – It will relax you!

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