Whether you choose to use tobacco or not is entirely up to you, of course. However, if you’re asking for our opinion, we will be happy to give it. As a general rule of thumb, the answer will always be, “No, using tobacco is never a good idea for your oral health.” However, that doesn’t do you much good when you’re seeking out solid reasons. As a starting point, we suggest you think through some things to keep in mind if you’re deciding if you’re for or against it.
#1: It Encourages Oral Cancer
Did you know that tobacco encourages the development of oral cancer? If you weren’t already aware, this is a disease that’s actually more common than you might imagine and that takes the lives of thousands of people every year.
#2: It Also Encourages Decay And Gum Disease
In addition to contributing to the oral health disease we know as oral cancer, tobacco use may also contribute to less severe but still very serious illnesses, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Though we can help you treat these, they may cause significant damage (particularly when neglected).
#3: It Yellows Your Teeth
There’s no stopping the staining that tobacco causes. Continued use will lead to the yellowing of your teeth, which will require cosmetic treatment from a professional dental team for improvement.
#4: It Causes Bad Breath
Another frustrating oral health side effect of tobacco use is bad breath. This may occur simply as the result of residue. Or, it can come from worsening dry mouth or other problems that stem from tobacco use. Skip it, so your breath (and smile) remain safe.
Talk With Us If You Need Support With Quitting Tobacco
Need motivation or support when quitting tobacco to protect your oral health? Come on in for a visit. Set up an appointment in Grand Prairie, TX by contacting your dentist at Pecan Tree Dental to schedule a visit at (972) 262-5111.