How does tobacco use affect oral health?
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of illness and death in the United States. Tobacco use is responsible for at least 30 percent of cancer diagnoses and is the number one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
The oral effects of tobacco include bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, mouth (canker) sores, failure of dental implants, and oral cancer. It is also connected to gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss associated with periodontal (gum) disease.
No matter how long or how much a person has smoked or chewed, the benefits of quitting start immediately and risks drop significantly the longer tobacco use has stopped.
For more information on how to quit and about proper oral health care, ask your dentist or dental hygienist.