Tobacco consumption, whether through chewing or smoking, poses significant risks not only to your overall health but also to the well-being of your mouth and teeth. At Dental Design Studio, we urge tobacco users to consider the alarming implications for their oral health and take proactive steps towards cessation. Here’s how tobacco can adversely affect your mouth and teeth.

Chewing Tobacco

The use of chewing tobacco dramatically elevates the risk of developing gum and cheek cancers, as highlighted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), which reports a staggering 50-fold increase in such cases among tobacco chewers. Moreover, tobacco dissolves gum tissue, exposing roots and making them susceptible to sensitivity and decay. Our experienced oral health team is ready to support you in breaking free from this harmful habit and guide you towards maintaining a healthy mouth.

Smoking

Smoking poses grave threats to dental health, with the AGD revealing that smoking a pack of cigarettes daily can result in the loss of two teeth per decade. Both cigarettes and cigars wreak havoc on oral health, causing staining and detracting from your smile’s appearance.

Oral Cancer

Tobacco users face an elevated risk of developing oral cancer, which can manifest in various regions of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. Although individuals over 50 and men are at increased risk, alarming trends show rising oral cancer rates among younger demographics, according to the AGD. Regular oral health examinations, including oral cancer screenings, are essential, particularly for tobacco users. Our dentist conducts thorough screenings during appointments to detect any abnormalities early, enhancing the chances of successful treatment.

Quitting tobacco is paramount for safeguarding both your dental and overall health. Our professional dental team, in collaboration with your healthcare provider, stands ready to support you in overcoming tobacco addiction. Regular oral health examinations are crucial, especially for tobacco users, to monitor any potential issues.

For further guidance on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next visit to our office, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Contact Dental Design Studio today.

Dental Design Studio
Phone: 815-725-8170
609 Rollingwood Dr
Shorewood, IL 60404