Tobacco Use And Your Mouth


           There is nothing good about tobacco use. Nothing. Tobacco use is an addiction that is costly both in terms of your money and your health. Whether you smoke it or chew it, using tobacco will impair your health in the long run. Long term tobacco users suffer from a whole host of ailments including; lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, glaucoma, and pregnancy complications that will negatively affect and prematurely end their lives. It has been recently made public that smoking tobacco causes impotence in men.


Chewing tobacco, once popular with baseball players,

is just as dangerous as smoking tobacco.

           Tobacco use causes all kinds of problems in your mouth. It is, along with alcohol abuse, the major cause of oral cancer in men and women. Oral cancer has one of the lowest cure rates of any form of the disease. Tobacco use prevents normal healing after surgical procedures such as tooth extraction or implant placement. Besides poor oral hygiene, tobacco use is the single greatest risk factor for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes gum recession, destruction of jawbone and tooth loss. Gum recession often leads to cervical decay that affects the exposed roots of your teeth. Chewing tobacco and snuff use increases your risk for tooth decay, especially on the roots. Over 80% of people who use tobacco have some form of periodontal disease. The risk is even higher among diabetics. Tobacco use also causes halitosis (bad breath).


Tobacco use is the highest risk factor for periodontal disease.

           Tobacco use is an addiction. Tobacco naturally contains nicotine, a substance that scientific studies have proven to be addictive. Nicotine is also a poison that is used in insecticides and fumigants. Previous court rulings have ordered the release of thousands of records from the major tobacco distributors. These documents indicate that the tobacco companies also performed studies that confirmed the addictive nature of nicotine in the 1950's. They also indicate that the tobacco industry completed additional studies used to determine the most addictive levels of nicotine in their products and manufactured their products based on those results. Other tobacco manufacturer reports show they also did the research on and knew of the health hazards associated with tobacco use. BIG TOBACCO PURPOSEFULLY ADDICTED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO A HAZARDOUS PRODUCT FOR PROFIT.


Tobacco use can cause advanced cancer of the tongue like this.

           Because tobacco use is an addiction, it should be treated as one. Nicotine withdrawal is a serious, complicated condition with physical and psychological consequences such as weight gain and depression. Tobacco cessation should be undertaken with the support of a physician. If your present physician can't help you quit, find one who can. Ending tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for yourself.



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