Tobacco Will Cause You To Lose Teeth | Altoona Family Dentist


It’s widely acknowledged that smoking and chewing tobacco pose significant health risks, particularly to the lungs. However, it’s essential to recognize that these habits also profoundly impact oral health. As your trusted Altoona Family Dentist, we emphasize the importance of avoiding tobacco altogether, considering its detrimental effects on the mouth and teeth. Here’s what tobacco can do to your oral health:

Chewing Tobacco:
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), individuals who chew tobacco are 50 times more likely to develop gum and cheek cancer. Additionally, chewing tobacco can cause gum recession and tooth sensitivity due to exposed roots, creating an ideal environment for bacterial growth and decay. Our experienced team of oral health professionals can provide valuable tips on breaking this habit and improving your oral health.

Smoking:
The American Dental Association warns that smoking one pack of cigarettes daily can lead to the loss of two teeth per decade of life. Smoking increases the risk of tooth loss and can cause staining, bad breath, and an unattractive smile. It’s crucial to avoid smoking cigarettes and cigars to maintain optimal oral health.

Oral Cancer:
Oral cancer can affect various areas of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, and gums. The risk of oral cancer is higher in men and individuals over 50 years old. Alarmingly, the prevalence of oral cancer is increasing, particularly among those under 30 years old, as reported by the American Dental Association. If you smoke, it’s essential to undergo regular oral cancer screenings and comprehensive oral health examinations. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment.

If you currently use tobacco, we strongly encourage you to quit with the assistance of our dental team and your physician. Regular oral exams are crucial for everyone, but especially for tobacco users. Schedule an appointment with our office for a thorough assessment of your oral health and potential issues.

For additional tips on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Altoona Dental office. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Altoona Dental
Phone: (515) 967-4211
107 8th St. SE
Altoona, IA 50009