If you use tobacco products, you probably already know that they are harmful to your general health, with increased risks of cancers, heart diseases, pulmonary issues, and more. But did you know that tobacco hurts your mouth, too? The use of any type of tobacco harms your entire body, especially your mouth.
Stain, Stain Go Away!
Possibly the most immediately obvious side effect of using tobacco is that it stains your teeth and gums with a tarry discoloration. It's not just a superficial discoloration, but also deforming and wearing away at the enamel and sensitive tissues.
Especially observable with tobacco smoke, the nicotine and tar can get into the smallest nooks and crannies of your teeth, and require many procedures to fully cleanse and sanitize.
Rot Your Teeth Out
Chewing tobacco can damage your gums and dental roots so badly that the teeth no longer have any anchor, and risk popping right out of the socket. Even with cigarette smoke, the damage it deals with each puff can slowly wear away the support and expose enough of the pulp that infections and damage are more likely.
The largest threat to your dental well-being, however, is the far increased risk of developing various cancers of the mouth. While tobacco is mostly known for affecting the lungs and respiratory system, other sites include in your gums, cheeks, or throat. The prospect of having to fight cancer is always a terrifying one, but cancers of the mouth are a particularly unwelcome and unsightly side effect of using tobacco.
If you are a smoker, it's time to quit. Not just for your overall bodily health, but for the sake of your mouth as well. If you have any questions or need any advice, please call us or reach out to us immediately, and we'll be delighted to assist!