Tobacco & Your Teeth: The Risks of Chewing and Smoking | Dr. Kenneth Hobbs

Dentist Conshohocken

Protect your oral health with guidance from Dr. Kenneth Hobbs at Hobbs Family Dental.

While many are aware of the severe health risks associated with tobacco, the impact on your mouth and teeth can be just as concerning. If you use tobacco, it’s crucial to stop. Here’s what tobacco can do to your oral health:

Chewing Tobacco:
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), tobacco chewers increase their risk of gum and cheek cancers by 50 times. Tobacco dissolves gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots and creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, causing decay. If you’re using chewing tobacco, it’s time to stop. Consult with our experienced oral health team for advice on maintaining a healthy mouth.

AGD reports that smoking one pack a day can lead to the loss of two teeth per decade of your life. Smoking significantly increases your odds of losing teeth. Both cigarettes and cigars are damaging to your oral health, causing staining and an unattractive smile.

Oral Cancer:
Oral cancer can develop in various places in your mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. While those over 50 and men are at increased risk, oral cancer has been on the rise, especially among people under 30, according to the AGD. Schedule an appointment with us for a thorough oral health examination, including an oral cancer screening, particularly if you use tobacco. Our dentist performs quick screenings, checking for irregularities in your mouth, teeth, and cheeks. Early detection of oral cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes.

If you’re a tobacco user, we strongly advise you to quit. Work with our professional dental team and your doctor to overcome tobacco use. Regular oral health examinations are essential, especially for tobacco users. Schedule a visit to our office, and let us help you identify any potential issues.

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit, please contact Hobbs Family Dental. We’re here to support your journey to optimal oral health.

Hobbs Family Dental
Phone: 6105721168
612 Fayette Street Suite 2B
Conshohocken, PA 19428