2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Oral Cancer Awareness

Kick the Habit

Research clearly indicates that tobacco users are more likely to develop oral cancer than those who don’t use tobacco. According to WebMD, cigarette, cigar or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers and users of dip, snuff or chewing tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums and lining of the lips.

Quit Smoking.jpgSmoking and tobacco use can also affect general oral health, causing tooth discoloration, chronic bad breath and mouth sores. It also creates the perfect environment for bacteria, plaque and tartar to build up on teeth and gum lines, making them more susceptible to infection.

If you or a loved one is still using tobacco, please consider the following resources to help kick the habit today.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm

National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669)
TTY 1-800-332-8615

National Cancer Institute
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking

Smokefree.gov
http://www.smokefree.gov

American Lung Association
http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/

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One Response to 2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Oral Cancer Awareness

  1. We need these kind of article to create awareness among the tobacco user and to motivate them in quitting this habit, as we know that it is very harmful for oral as well as overall body health.
    Thanks for the links.

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