Almost every one of us is quite familiar with the popular anti-tobacco campaigns that often appear at the beginning of TV shows and movies. They show how the regular consumption of tobacco damages our entire immune system and causes fatal cardiopulmonary diseases including, lung cancer, emphysema, coughing fits, asthma and other chronic lung ailments.
However, what does not lure much of public attention is how the regular consumption of tobacco can mutilate our overall dental health. In fact, most of the regular tobacco consumers in India are hardly aware of its irredeemable repercussions. They simply don’t realize the long-ranging damages that tobacco does to their mouth, gums and teeth.
Smoking and chewing tobacco can create dozens of oral diseases. It leads to multiple dental problems, including tooth discoloration, gum diseases, oral infections, tooth loses, tooth decay, and can even cause severe oral cancer.
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Tooth staining or tooth discoloration is one of the most commonly found dental problems among smokers. It happens because of the nicotine and tar that cling to enamel while you smoke any kinds of tobacco-based products. Both of these compounds can steal the brightness of your teeth; can make them look darker and yellow within a very short span of time.
Tobacco Causes Gum Disease:
Regular consumption of tobacco also leads to numerous gum diseases like gingivitis (gum inflammation) or periodontists. It starts with the growth of bacterial plaque within your mouth, swollen bleeding gums, bone loss and often ends up with consecutive tooth loss, especially because of the destruction of tissues supporting your teeth.
People who are addicted to Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco leaves are most likely to avoid dental visits too. Smoking reduces the level of oxygen in your blood vessels, paves the way for intense bacterial-infection within the gums and allows the gum diseases to transform into something worse!
Following are a few consequences of gum disease:
- Gum infection and gum inflammation.
- Systematic loosening of teeth.
- Bleeding while brushing your teeth.
- Foul breath & weakening dental tissues.
- Accumulation of pus between teeth
- Extreme pain while chewing and eating
- Dwindling gum line and Tenderness
Tobacco-causing Oral Cancer:
With the exponential growth of tobacco consumption in India, oral or mouth cancer seems to be spreading like wildfire in this country. Every year hundreds and thousands of people are dying of this single disease. And there is no doubt that the habit of smoking or chewing tobacco is indeed at the root cause of this problem.
Some of the typical symptoms of oral cancer are listed as follows:
- Problems in opening mouth and in chewing.
- Difficulty in speaking or in tongue movement.
- Bad Breath, Lumpy throat & recurrent bleeding.
- Suffering Regular ear pain for no reason.
- White, Red or mixed patch inside of your cheek.
- Non-healing mouth infections & long standing ulcers
- Numb Mouth and hoarseness of voice.
- Soreness in mouth, swallowing gums.
- Tooth mobility for no specific & relevant reasons.