Cigarette sales have decreased in the past decade, and the team at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark won’t kid you: we’re happy about that. But some people have switched to smokeless products, on the misconception 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 cigarettes.
There are serious consequences to smokeless tobacco. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common problems it causes, and they are totally avoidable.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. Even if the cancer is successfully removed, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
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