Chewing tobacco has a wide range of harmful effects on oral health, ranging from cosmetic to life threatening. Most people are aware that chewing tobacco increases risks of oral cancer, but this habit also places addicts at increased risk of several dental problems and limits choices for dental treatment.
Gum disease and associated symptoms of tooth loss and sensitivity are often associated with tobacco chewing. The nicotine in tobacco reduces the flow of blood to the mouth, increasing susceptibility to infection. Many chewing tobacco products also contain sugars that feed bad oral bacteria.
Tobacco chewing worsens recovery after dental procedures because nicotine inhibits healing. As a result, patients who chew tobacco are often more limited in their treatment options. For example, tobacco chewers may not be candidates for dental implants.
Chewing tobacco has a number of negative impacts on aesthetics and quality of life in relation to the mouth. Over time, the teeth of tobacco chewers are likely to become stained and require whitening treatment. Halitosis may also result as oral bacteria grow out of control. Finally, studies have shown that chewing tobacco reduces the ability to taste and smell, affecting enjoyment of food as a result.
If you chew tobacco, quitting can improve your oral health, rejuvenate your smile and reduce your risk of oral cancer. If your teeth have been stained by chewing tobacco, teeth whitening treatment at our office can reduce or eliminate the discoloration. A consultation with our Houston dentist can be scheduled to learn more about the impact of chewing tobacco on oral health.
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