Tobacco & Your Teeth: The Risks of Chewing and Smoking | Dr. Morgan Taylor

Protect your oral health with Vestavia Smiles and Dr. Morgan Taylor.

Chewing and smoking tobacco pose significant risks not only to your lungs but also to your mouth and teeth. If you’re a tobacco user, it’s crucial to understand the potential consequences. Here’s what tobacco can do to your oral health.

Chewing Tobacco
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that tobacco chewers increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by 50 times. Tobacco dissolves the gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots and providing an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, leading to decay. If you chew tobacco, it’s time to stop. Consult with Dr. Morgan Taylor and our experienced oral health team to learn how to keep your mouth healthy.

According to the AGD, smoking one pack a day can lead to the loss of two teeth per decade of your life. Smoking significantly increases the risk of tooth loss and is damaging to your overall oral health. Both cigarettes and cigars can cause staining, resulting in an unattractive smile.

Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can develop in various places in your mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. While those over 50 and men are at an increased risk, oral cancer is also rising among younger individuals, according to the AGD. Visit Vestavia Smiles for a thorough oral health examination and ask about an oral cancer screening, especially if you use tobacco. Early detection of oral cancer is vital for effective treatment.

If you use tobacco, it’s essential to quit. Dr. Morgan Taylor and our professional dental team can help you overcome tobacco use. Regular oral health examinations are crucial for everyone, but tobacco users should be especially vigilant. Schedule a visit to our office so we can work with you to identify any potential issues and keep your mouth healthy.

For more tips on maintaining oral health or to schedule your next visit to Vestavia Smiles, please contact us today. Your smile deserves the best care!

Vestavia Smiles – Morgan B. Taylor, DMD
Phone: 205-822-7224
3284 Morgan Dr #104
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216