Hello San Mateo cosmetic dental friends. Today’s topic is ‘The Dangers Of Smokeless Tobacco’.
Cigarette sales at most San Mateo stores have decreased in the past decade, but some San Mateo tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the San Mateo area (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as conventional cigarettes.
At Michael A. Wong, DDS, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco in San Mateo.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers harmful chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening: Mouth Lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions often disappear within a year for San Mateo dental patients.
Oral Cancer in San Mateo: Smokeless tobacco use in San Mateo increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the sedation dentistry patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
At Michael A. Wong, DDS in San Mateo, we care about your oral health and want to make sure your smile is as healthy and bright as possible. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures, including tooth whitening, dental implants, dental veneers, porcelain crowns and clear braces. To schedule an appointment, call 650-342-9016.
If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you consult cosmetic dentist Dr. Wong at Michael A. Wong, DDS, your San Mateo primary care doctor, or your San Mateo pharmacist.
Michael A. Wong, DDS
256 N San Mateo Dr, Ste 8
San Mateo, California 94401