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Smoking, Chewing Tobacco, and Oral Health

Tobacco use of any kind can cause a range of problems and diseases of the mouth. It puts you at risk for oral and throat cancers, tooth loss, tooth decay, and diseases of the gums.

  • Smoking reduces the blood flow to gums leaving them at risk for bacterial infection.
  • The risk of developing destructive gum disease is almost four times higher for people who smoke or use tobacco.
  • The chemicals in tobacco slow the healing process of any type of oral treatment or surgery.
  • New research is showing a link between breathing secondhand smoke and periodontal disease.
  • Hygienists and dentists can tell a tobacco user from their oral health. Some of the conditions that are associated with smokers include:
    • bad breath
    • discoloured teeth
    • increased levels of dental plaque
    • cavities
    • gum and bone disease
    • shifting teeth
    • mouth sores
    • oral cancers

How does smokeless tobacco compare with smoking? If you hold an average size dip or chew in your mouth for 30 minutes, you get as much nicotine as you do from about three cigarettes.

Facts you should know about spit tobacco. Often by the time the effects of spit tobacco are noticeable, it's too late. Mouth cancer is very hard to cure and can spread rapidly throughout the body.

If you use any of these products you should check out Chew, Dip, Spit Tobacco.


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