How Bad is Chewing Tobacco on Your Teeth and Gums?

Most people know that tobacco is bad for their overall health. However, many do not realize the effect it can have on their teeth, gums, and mouth. Here at River Run Dental, we make every effort to encourage patients who chew tobacco to stop as this habit can lead to the following problems:

Yellow Teeth

It’s a shame when a patient spends time brushing and flossing their teeth each and every day yet has yellow teeth because they chew tobacco. Although professional teeth whitening may help, your teeth may still appear dingy and yellow if you continue to chew tobacco. Chewing can also discolor any bridges, implants, or dentures you may have.

Increased Risk of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that can harm your jawbone and may eventually cause your teeth to fall out. Since tobacco leads to gum irritation, you are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease if you chew tobacco. If you do develop gum disease, keep in mind that root planing and scaling, a popular gum disease treatment may not be as effective.

Damaged Enamel

Although enamel is known as the toughest substance in the human body, chewing tobacco may damage it. You may notice that over time, tobacco wears your enamel down and makes you more sensitive to heat and cold.

Slow Healing Following Oral Surgery

In the event you do need to undergo oral surgery, chewing tobacco can get in the way of the healing process. This can put you at risk for infection and lead to serious complications down the road.

Contact River Run Dental

While stopping the habit of chewing tobacco is no walk in the park, doing so is essential for your oral health. If you have further questions on chewing tobacco and how it may affect your teeth, call our office today at (804) 262-1060.