Most people know that using chewing tobacco is harmful for their health. The use of chewing tobacco has been associated with a number of health conditions, including pancreatic cancer and esophageal cancer. However, a little known fact is that chewing tobacco is also detrimental for your oral health.
Tobacco contains at least 28 toxins that can cause cancer, including oral cancer. In addition, tobacco has been linked with an increased risk for developing gum disease, problems with healing after dental procedures, stained teeth, bad breath, and dulled senses of taste and smell.
Some patients use chewing tobacco as a way to try to quit smoking. However, chewing tobacco is just as hazardous as smoking, for both your general health and your oral health. If you elect to use a smoking cessation program, only physician approved treatment programs for quitting smoking should be used.
If you chew tobacco, the best thing you can do for your oral and general health is to quit. Make sure that you schedule biannual checkups with Dr. Parsa Zadeh, a leading Beverly Hills dentist. Dr. Zadeh has over twenty five years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He will look for oral health problems and treat them in a timely manner to ensure better oral health.