Cigarette sales at most Addison TX stores have decreased in the past decade, but some area tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the Addison TX area (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as conventional cigarettes.
At The Addison Dentist, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers harmful chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions often disappear within a year for Addison TX dental patients.
Oral Cancer in Addison TX: Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the Addison TX patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
At The Addison Dentist in Addison TX, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. To schedule an appointment, call 469-998-2515.
If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you consult cosmetic dentist Dr. Rao at The Addison Dentist, your primary care doctor, or your pharmacist.
The Addison Dentist
4145 Belt Line Rd Ste 208
Addison, Texas 75001
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