Cigarette sales at most West Valley stores have decreased in the past decade, but some West Valley tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the Salt lake city area (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as traditional cigarettes.
At Aloha Dental, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco in Utah.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker tucked in there. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers dangerous chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening in Utah: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions generally disappear within a year for Utah dental patients.
Oral Cancer in West Valley: Smokeless tobacco use in Salt lake city increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the Utah patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. Additionally, I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
At Aloha Dental in West Valley, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. To receive more details, or schedule an appointment, call 8019699669.
If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you meet with Dentist Mandelaris at Aloha Dental, your West Valley primary care doctor, or your West Valley pharmacist.
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