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Tobacco Use & Oral Health
Not only is smoking the main cause of oral and throat cancers, it is also one of the main causes of periodontal disease. A new recent study found that non-smokers’ chance of developing gum disease doubles when exposed to a couple hours of second hand smoke daily.
Millions of Americans believe that chew or smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking cigarettes. It absolutely is not. It actually has a higher amount of nicotine, and comes with many oral health risks. Using tobacco, smokeless or cigarettes, causes bad breath, stained teeth, a decrease in smell and taste, and puts a person at a greater risk for oral and throat cancers. 80-90% of new oral cancer cases are caused by tobacco. At our office, every checkup appointment includes an oral cancer screening.