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Tobacco and Oral Health
By: ChanDent , Categories: Healthy Tips,Uncategorized , Comments Off on Tobacco and Oral Health

We think it’s time for an important conversation. It’s well known that smoking and chewing tobacco is detrimental to both your oral health and overall health. Many people know that it especially increases the risk for oral cancer and lung cancer.

But do you know the other ways in which tobacco products affect your mouth?

  • Tobacco Ruins TeethStained teeth
  • Discolored tongue
  • Delayed healing
  • Cosmetic dental problems
  • Gum disease

If that’s not reason enough to quit, let’s take a look at a few more facts:

  • More than 20 million Americans have died from smoking since 1964
  • 2.5 million of these deaths were non-smokers who were killed by second-hand smoke
  • In 2014, it was predicted that 5.6 million of today’s children could die prematurely due to smoking. This is equivalent to two of 27 children in an average class.
  • Research has shown that smoking is more deadly now than 50 years ago (see page 4 for more info)
  • 75% of teen smokers continue to smoke in adulthood, even if they had planned to quit
  • Smoking increases risk of cancer, COPD, Tuberculosis, stroke, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy complications, birth defects, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, macular degeneration, and more.

How can you decrease your risk of tobacco-related health problems?

Quit. It’s a simple, little word that requires some not so simple or little actions. When quitting, it helps if you have a plan, and a support system that will help you stick to it.

A Tip to Help You Quit on Your Own

Cravings only last 1-2 minutes, and get shorter in duration and less frequent the longer you go without smoking. Try this tip: When you get a craving, find something to do for 1-2 minutes. This could be a simple task like folding clothes or opening emails, or a longer activity like mowing the lawn or going for a walk. Designate your “go-to” activity, and stick to your plan. You will find that it gets easier with time. You can do it!

Need Help Quitting?

If you smoke or chew tobacco, talk to Dr. Leonard or your physician to learn if there are medications available to you to help you quit. Schedule an appointment at 952-443-3368.