If smoking cigarettes is one of the greatest dangers to your oral health, does that mean non-smoking tobacco is better for your teeth? While some people might believe so, the truthful answer is a loud and clear no. In fact, by coming into direct contact with your teeth, and lingering around for much longer, chewing tobacco can often pose a greater risk. In fact, the only safe alternative for your teeth, and your health, is to not use tobacco at all, or to quit if you currently do.
What’s In a Pinch?
The misconception that non-smoking tobacco could be safer for your teeth may stem from the fact that many of the health issues related to smoking are result from exposure to the chemicals found in the smoke. Since you don’t burn chewing tobacco, it doesn’t release the same chemicals; however, there are still plenty of substances to worry found in tobacco itself. Among them are;
- Nitrosamines, which are highly-effective at causing cancer
- Formaldehyde, mainly used for embalming
- Heavy amounts of lead
- And more
Despite their differences, smoking and chewing tobacco share many disturbing similarities in how they affect your oral and systemic health. The harmful, sometimes fatal ingredients of both can lead to numerous chronic issues, including;
- Cancers of the mouth, lungs, throat, and more
- Tumors and other malignant growths
- Respiratory infections and diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes
- Severely discolored and decayed teeth
- Periodontal disease, or gum disease, which can lead to multiple tooth loss
- Problems with pregnancy and birth
- Dry mouth caused by damage to your salivary glands
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.