According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 40 million adults use some form of tobacco products regularly, and tobacco cessation can be a challenge. In fact, many people struggle with it every single year. However, when you weigh the negative effects of tobacco use against your long-term oral health, it might just give you the extra incentive you need to quit for good.
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.
As you might well imagine, 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.
Many medical insurance programs now include some form of tobacco cessation benefit. So, it’s well-worth the time to talk to your primary physician to work out the cessation plan that will work best for you.
If you use tobacco on a regular basis and you’re concerned about its impact on your oral health, you can always call Dr. Rafael A. Perez and Dr. Sarah Fritzsch at Stone Lake Dental in Wichita Falls, Texas at 940-692-2851 to set up a consultation. We are happy to help you protect your healthy smile!