Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Smokeless Tobacco!

Smokeless tobacco, also called chewing tobacco, spit, dip,snuff or chew contains cancer causing, addictive substances.

Smokeless does not mean Harmless!

In fact, smokeless tobacco users experience a significant amount of nicotine and other chemicals that can cause cancer exposure, even though they don't "light up". The nicotine is swallowed or absorbed through the blood vessels in the mouth.  Holding an average sized dip in the mouth for 30 minutes gives as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes. 

Smokeless tobacco is known to cause cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas.  Users may also be at a risk for cancer of the larynx (voice box), oesophagus, colon and bladder because they swallow some of the toxins in the juice  created by using smokeless tobacco..

The risk of developing cardio vasular disease may also be increased.

Tobacco is costly and not pretty!

.There are strong reasons to avoid tobacco.  If health concern alone is not convincing, consider the expense!
Also consider the  negative consequences of smokeless tobacco on your appearance!
  • Bad breath
  • Brown stained teeth
  • Drooling saliva
Each year, more than 28,000 new cases of mouth and throat cancer are diagnosed. Only half of those diagnosed will live five years or more.

Leathery white patches, called leukoplakia and red sores are common in dippers and chewers and can turn into cancer.  A user's gums pull away from their teeth where the tobacco is held- when this happens, the gums usually do not grow back.

Mouth cancers are among the toughest cancers to treat.

 Early detection is the key.

Most routine dental recare visits include the benefit of an oral cancer screening.  It's usually not " just a cleaning"  says Dr. Cherukuri

 For questions or comments on this blog, please call 909 627 6699, email us at lovemydentist@gmail.com or visit our website at  www.chinosmiles.com/Contact.aspx. and send us your comments.


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