It is no secret that tobacco means bad news, not only for your teeth but your overall health. It is even more commonly known that cigarettes are far from the only tobacco product out there available for purchase. Things like, chewing tobacco, snus, and dip are becoming more and more popular nowadays.
As you know, all tobacco can be damaging to your teeth. It affects how your gum cells work and turns your teeth a nasty shade of yellow over a period of time. Cancer is also on the list of likely consequences of tobacco use. Possible certain death is by far the worst effect that tobacco can have on you. Its addiction is not an easy one to get off of. Hence, it’s better to just not start at all!
Here’s the thing.
The tobacco product that makes your teeth cringe the most
Plainly, it’s all a health risk. However, smokeless tobacco is the worst of all for your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth overall.
One container of smokeless tobacco has more nicotine than 60 cigarettes! On top of this, smokeless tobacco has added sugars and 28 or more chemicals that erode the teeth, pull back the gums, and reveal the roots of the teeth to exposure and increased sensitivity, often to the extent that even eating can become a difficult task.
It probably doesn't help that there is sand and grit in smokeless tobacco. Yes, sand! Have you ever chewed on a rock before?
I doubt that sounds appealing to you. Needless to say, tooth decay is far from a good time.
Oral effects of tobacco
Here are some common dental issues linked to tobacco use:
- Bad breath
- Tooth discoloration
- Inflammation of the salivary gland openings
- Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
- Increased loss of bone within your jaw
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Lower success rate of dental implant surgeries
- Increased risk of oral cancer
Yikes, what a list of distasteful (literally) things.
A simple solution that is easier said than done
So what can you do?
You can do the obvious. If you haven’t started yet, it’s recommended that you don’t. If you are no stranger to tobacco, quit while you can. Your teeth, lungs, friends, and family will thank you later.
If your teeth are not as bright as you’d like them to be, whether it’s tobacco or not, you can always try a cosmetic dentist out. Their main line of work and overall goal is to improve the appearance of teeth, which are often severely damaged due to tobacco or bad eating habits. Ultimately, you have to quit the smokes, or the dip, or the what have you.