You are what you eat. What you put in your mouth can either help your body get better or worse. But it’s not only food that can have profound effect on the body; even smoking cigarettes or chewing smokeless tobacco can change the state of your health. Is smokeless
According to US National Cancer Institute “Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine, the same drug that makes cigarettes addictive. If you hold an average size dip or chew in your mouth for 30 minutes, you get as much nicotine as you do from about 3 cigarettes.”
Quitting smoking is the best option but most people know that this is easier said than done. The most obvious signs of smokeless tobacco effects can be seen in the mouth. Beware because none of the effects are good.
Most likely, your dentist will notice the following:
- Receding gums – This is not easy to treat because the gum falls away from the teeth exposing the roots, making the teeth more sensitive.
- Bad breath – Have you tried kissing somebody who had just finished smoking? Then you know that their mouth has bad smell. Unless you stop smoking, the stench will stay.
- Sores, white and red patches and lumps – These may show up seven days after you started chewing smokeless tobacco. The worse part of it is that your risk for oral cancer increases over time.
- Staining – A smoker’s teeth are most likely stained. No matter how you much you brush and floss, the stains will be so hard to remove if you keep on chewing smokeless tobacco.
Chewing Tobacco? Its Not Too Late
These are just some of the side effects of smokeless tobacco. But it is not yet too late if you want to reverse them. Midtown Dentistry in Houston offers many solutions to improve your dental health.
Call us at (713) 807-9877 or use the button below to Ask a Question or Schedule Your Appointment to have Dr. Jonathan Penchas or one of his expert staff examine your teeth.