Smoking and tobacco use generally have a negative effect on dental and oral health. Most people think dental and oral issues only originate from poor dental hygiene, loss of teeth or infection. The truth is that many dental issues are self-inflicted.
Tobacco use is one of the ways through which this happens. We know tobacco use can result in such complications as lung cancer or heart disease. What most people do not know is that the mouth is also affected just as much. Here are some of the ways through which tobacco use damages oral tissues.
Smoking or the chewing of tobacco is one of the contributors to cancer of the mouth, gums, throat, tongue and lips. Every year, there are thousands of cases of oral cancer, with most victims being men.
According to experts, smokers and drinkers typically are at a higher risk of suffering from cancer. Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because it is almost always discovered too late.
Tobacco use and the relation to gum disease has been a hot topic for a long time now. Research shows that smokers have up to 2.5 or three times higher risk of contracting severe gum disease. Severe gum disease is recognized using the amount of bone lost from the teeth as a result gum disease.
Furthermore, smokers also lose more teeth than non-smokers. It is also thought that the severity of gum disease depends on the number of cigarettes smoked and the duration of the smoking.
Smoking causes an increase in plaque and gum problems. This is why tooth decay is more likely to happen to people who use tobacco. In fact, surveys show that tobacco users suffer cavities up to thrice as much as non-smokers.
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