While the detrimental effects of tobacco on lung health are well-documented, its risks to oral health are equally alarming. At Foothill Family Dental, we urge tobacco users to recognize the significant threats posed to their teeth and mouths. Here’s a comprehensive look at how tobacco can compromise your oral health:

Chewing Tobacco: According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), individuals who chew tobacco are at a staggering 50 times higher risk of developing gum and cheek cancers. Tobacco’s corrosive properties dissolve gum tissue, exposing roots and creating an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, ultimately leading to decay. If you’re using chewing tobacco, we encourage you to cease this habit and consult our experienced oral health team for guidance on maintaining oral health.

Smoking: The AGD reports that smoking one pack of cigarettes per day can result in the loss of two teeth every decade. Smoking significantly elevates the likelihood of tooth loss and is detrimental to overall oral health. Both cigarettes and cigars contribute to staining, which can mar the appearance of your smile.

Oral Cancer: Oral cancer can manifest in various areas of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. While individuals over 50 and men face an increased risk, alarming trends indicate rising rates of oral cancer among individuals under 30. For individuals using tobacco, regular oral health examinations are crucial. Schedule an appointment with our office for a comprehensive oral health examination and inquire about an oral cancer screening, particularly if you’re a tobacco user. Early detection is key to effective treatment.

Quitting Tobacco Use: We strongly advocate for tobacco users to quit this harmful habit. Our professional dental team, in collaboration with your healthcare provider, can provide support and resources to aid in tobacco cessation. Regular oral health examinations are imperative for all individuals, but especially crucial for tobacco users. Schedule a visit to our office, where we’ll work diligently to identify and address any potential oral health issues.

For additional tips on maintaining optimal oral health or to schedule your next visit to our office, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your oral health is our priority.

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Foothill Family Dental
Phone: (949) 273-8600
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26700 Towne Centre Dr, Suite 260
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610