The use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, is a major risk factor for many diseases of the oral cavity and surrounding structures. These diseases include cancer of the lips, tongue, and throat; other cancers of the head and neck region; and gum disease.
Tobacco use is responsible for most cases of oral cancer. Cigarette smoking is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the lips, tongue, and throat. Smokeless tobacco use is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.
In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, tobacco use also contributes to gum disease. Gum disease is a condition in which the gums become swollen and inflamed. The inflammation is caused by the toxins in tobacco products. These toxins damage the gum tissue and make it more difficult for the gums to fight infection.
If you use tobacco products, it is important to quit. Quitting tobacco use can help reduce your risk of oral cancer and gum disease. It is never too late to stop using tobacco products
The use of tobacco products is a leading cause of disease and death worldwide. Tobacco use is responsible for an estimated 7 million deaths each year, and this number is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030. There are many resources available to support you if you are seeking to quit smoking. Seek professional help to make quitting easier. Visit our contact page to connect with a dentist and get a review on your oral health.