Dentist South Miami | 4040 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33155 | 786-296-0004

Tobacco & Your Teeth: The Risks of Chewing and Smoking | Dr. Esteban Parada

Using tobacco, whether by chewing or smoking, poses significant risks to both your oral health and overall well-being. At SoFlo Dental, we prioritize your oral health and strive to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use. Here’s how tobacco can impact your oral health and why it’s crucial to quit:

Chewing Tobacco:
Tobacco chewers face a significantly increased risk of developing gum and cheek cancers, as highlighted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). The chemicals in chewing tobacco dissolve the gums, leading to gum recession and sensitivity from exposed roots. Additionally, the oral environment created by chewing tobacco promotes bacterial growth, contributing to tooth decay and other oral health issues.

Smoking cigarettes or cigars can have detrimental effects on your oral health, including tooth loss and staining. According to the AGD, smoking just one pack a day can result in the loss of two teeth per decade. The chemicals in tobacco smoke not only stain teeth but also damage oral tissues, leading to an unattractive smile and compromised oral health.

Oral Cancer:
Tobacco use significantly increases the risk of developing oral cancer, which can affect various areas of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. Despite traditionally being associated with older individuals, oral cancer is increasingly prevalent among younger populations, underscoring the urgency of regular screenings. At SoFlo Dental, we provide thorough oral health examinations and oral cancer screenings to detect any irregularities early for prompt treatment.

Quitting Tobacco:
If you’re a tobacco user, quitting is the best thing you can do for your oral health and overall well-being. Our experienced dental team, led by Dr. Esteban Parada, is here to support you on your journey to overcoming tobacco use. We can provide guidance and resources to help you quit and maintain a tobacco-free lifestyle. Regular oral health examinations are essential, especially for tobacco users, to monitor for any potential issues and ensure optimal oral health.

Contact Us:
For more information on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next visit to SoFlo Dental, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

SoFlo Dental of South Miami
Phone: 786-296-0004
4040 SW 57th Ave
Miami, FL 33155