Is Smokeless Tobacco Safer than Smoking?


These days, the dangers of smoking are no longer a mystery, and a wealth of information regarding the harmful effects of tobacco use is available to the public eye. Nevertheless, tobacco use remains a problematic habit for many people, even those who wish to quit but can’t seem to succeed. In some cases, people may believe that using smokeless tobacco instead of smoking a cigarette is good way to avoid the dangers of smoking. The truth, however, is that tobacco use is dangerous to your oral and overall health no matter what form it takes.

Tobacco in All Forms is Dangerous

Like the rest of your body, your mouth is comprised mainly of living tissues that require an ample supply of oxygenated blood to function properly. Smoking inhibits oxygen flow, affecting your tissues’ ability to function and heal properly. Smoking and/or chewing tobacco significantly increases your risk of developing dental diseases like gum disease that destroy your mouth’s foundation.

Also, the habit can restrict your body’s natural healing mechanisms, increasing the damage that these issues can wreak on your oral health. Not to mention, smokeless tobacco is also linked to some of the most aggressive forms of oral cancer, which affects around 42,000 new patients every year.

Not a Safer Choice

While oxygen deprivation is a serious threat to healthy tissue, the chemicals in smokeless tobacco can pose a greater risk to your oral and physical health. Below are just a few of the over 2,000 chemical compounds found in smokeless tobacco and their more common uses and risks;

  • Cadmium—a corrosive agent found in battery acid

  • Formaldehyde—embalming fluid

  • Fiberglass and sand—abrasives that can seriously damage your teeth and gums

  • Lead—poisonous metal

  • Nicotine—an addictive substance

Learn More About Keeping Your Smile Safe

With the dangers that it poses to your oral and overall health, the only safe option is to avoid tobacco use altogether in any and all forms. To learn more, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.