Is Smokeless Tobacco Safer than Smoking?

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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.

Why a Healthy Smile Means a Healthier Life

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When you take good care of your oral health, you can enjoy a number of benefits, like improved confidence and a healthy, attractive smile. What you may not know, however, is that those benefits can also include lower risks of chronic systemic health conditions, like cardiovascular disease and respiratory illness. Because your oral health is closely tied to your systemic health, keeping your smile healthy means enjoying a healthier, happier life!

The Details of Gum Disease

While there is a wide variety of potential issues that could threaten your oral health, gum disease is one of the most prominent. It’s also one of the most influential when it comes to your oral-systemic health. When gum disease develops, one of the biggest contributors is the oral bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis. As building blocks of dental plaque, these bacteria settle along your gum line, and in excess, they can cause rampant inflammation (gingivitis). As gum disease becomes more serious, the inflammation grows worse and can increase your risks of harmful inflammation throughout the rest of your body.

The Oral-Systemic Connection

Inflammation is meant to be one of your immune system’s greatest weapons, but when left unchecked, it can become increasingly harmful to your body’s tissues and organs. The oral-systemic connection describes the influence your oral health has on your systemic health. If you have gum disease, then the connection can mean that your risks of other inflammatory conditions are higher than usual. Preventing gum disease or keeping it under control can therefore have a significant influence on the future state of your overall health.

Learn More About Oral-Systemic Health

Keeping your mouth healthy, disease-free, and functioning properly can have a significant, positive impact on your systemic wellbeing. To learn more, speak with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.