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.
Smoking 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
National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
National Cancer Institute
American Lung Association