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Chewing Tobacco and Your Dental Health

chewing tobacco and your dental healthSmoking is a well-known health hazard, but many people are unaware that chewing tobacco can also have severely detrimental effects on their health. According to the American Dental Association, chewing tobacco contains an incredible 28 toxins, all of which are known to cause cancer. It also warns that chewing tobacco can increase the risk of gum disease, tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, poor healing, fewer dental treatment options, and oral cancer. Additionally, chewing tobacco can stain your teeth, reduce your ability to taste or smell and cause bad breath.

While you may not be ready to kick the habit just yet, our dentist in Phoenix can offer you critical support that can help you quit tobacco and keep your smile healthier. Good dental hygiene is vital, and the ADA recommends that you brush at least twice a day and floss every day. Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow and reduce dry mouth. Regular cleanings can keep your teeth cleaner and give us an opportunity to monitor early changes that signal more serious dental health issues.

You can also protect your oral health at home. If you currently use or have ever used chewing tobacco, watch for early signs of oral cancer, which can include lumps, white or red patches, rough patches, sores that do not heal, a lump in your throat, and difficulty chewing or swallowing. Dry mouth, sensitive teeth, a receding gum line, or gums that bleed easily can all indicate dental health problems as well. Contact us today to learn more about protecting your dental health and kicking the habit or to schedule your appointment.

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