Smoking is one of the greatest threats to your overall health and can wreak havoc on your mouth. When you smoke, your risk of oral cancer skyrockets and you are left with a variety of other issues as well. Rotted teeth, bad breath, and receding gums are just some of the oral nightmares you will experience.
The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 90% of people with mouth or certain types of throat cancer have used tobacco in their lifetime. The longer the person uses, the greater the risk of developing these diseases become. Not only that, but regular smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers are.
If they have not quit before, it is recommended that smokers stop after a cancer diagnosis. Around 37% of those who continue to smoke after diagnosis develop additional cancers of the mouth, throat, or larynx. That is compared to only 6% of people who quit and then develop secondary cancers.
Those who chew are also not off the hook. Smokeless tobacco can cause cancers of the cheek, gums, and inner lips. Not only that, chewing increases the risk of developing these cancers fifty times. If you are serious about your oral health, you will drop all forms of tobacco as soon as possible.
If you are a smoker or former smoker concerned about your oral health, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Broomfield, CO. Call Total Dental Health Solutions today at (303) 635-0100 to get started.