Cigarette sales at most Daly City stores have decreased in the past decade, but some Daly City tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the San Francisco area (especially among teens) 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 conventional cigarettes.
At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco in California.
Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker tucked in there. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers dangerous chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.
Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening in California: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions usually disappear within a year for California dental patients.
Oral Cancer in Daly City: Smokeless tobacco use in San Francisco increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.
Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the California patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.
These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. Moreover, I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.
If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you meet withDr. Hovden at Kenneth Hovden DDS, your Daly City primary care doctor, or your Daly City pharmacist.
Kenneth Hovden DDS http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015
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