By now, the public is well aware of the risks tobacco use can pose to our health. Its dangerous effects on our lungs and heart have been common knowledge for decades. However, fewer people take into consideration the detrimental effects that chewing tobacco and cigarettes can have on oral health. Bad breath is one negative consequence, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Many Hazards of Tobacco Use
Using any form of tobacco can cause a myriad of problems, such as a dirty tongue or stained teeth. It may also even dull your sense of smell and taste. Additionally, it has been shown to slow the healing process after oral surgery. And if these issues were not bad enough, tobacco has been linked directly to causing gum disease and oral cancer. There are no positive outcomes listed here.
Avoiding tobacco or quitting is the only way to decrease the risk of these health problems. Because nicotine is a highly addictive substance, this can be very difficult task. Having a friend or family member help by lending support or encouragement is a very good idea. Also, exercising and keeping yourself busy can assist you as you try to kick the habit. It is recommended you speak with your dentist to see if medications may also help you stop tobacco use.
Smoking and tobacco use are widespread in the United States and throughout the world. According to the Surgeon General, over 20 million American deaths are due to smoking since 1964. Most of these people were adults who smoked, but 2.5 million were of nonsmokers. These people died due to secondhand smoke—air that was polluted by other people’s cigarette smoke.
Abstaining from or quitting tobacco is vital in maintaining good oral health. If you currently smoke or chew tobacco it is strongly recommended you quit as soon as possible. If you have any questions about how to stop tobacco use, please contact Dr. Scott Malik today. You can visit his website or call his Glenview office at 847-724-1771.