The harmful effects of tobacco use on respiratory and circulatory health are well documented and understood by most people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 40 million adults use some form of tobacco products regularly. Unsurprisingly, tobacco use also poses a serious threat to oral health and can lead to many different complications.
Tobacco use tends to create pervasive bad breath. To counter this many tobacco users will turn to lozenges and hard candies to mask the smell. This introduces extra sugar to your mouth, which in turn promotes complications related to gum disease and tooth decay.
Tobacco use also irritates tissues in the mouth and gums. This prolongs your recovery time after many dental procedures, while also increasing your chances of complications due to infection.
Unsurprisingly, tobacco use also greatly increases your chances of developing oral or pharyngeal cancer. A variety of research studies have linked tobacco use to as many as eight well known forms of cancer.
Tobacco cessation can be a serious challenge. However, it is a challenge well-worth tackling to improve your oral health and overall quality of life.
If you use tobacco on a regular basis, and you would like additional cessation information, or you are concerned it has caused complications to your oral health, please call Dr. Bruce Westover at 928-634-5566 to set up an appointment.