Did you know that smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to gum disease and oral cancers?

Tobacco users often don't see the connection between their tobacco use and the problems it can cause in their mouth.

  • If you're a smoker, your risk of serious gum disease increases greatly because the heat of the smoke, the nicotine and numerous other chemicals in the tobacco are known to be a cause of periodontal gum disease.
  • Smoking also appears to interfere with the healing process and success in placing dental implants. Tobacco use reduces the ability for gum tissue to heal from infection and inflammation.
  • Tobacco use combined with the effects of gum disease causes bad breath and the smoke and juices from chew stain the teeth an unattractive brown.
  • Oral cancer is 4-12 times greater in tobacco users. Cancerous lesions are commonly found on the tongue, cheeks, lip and floor of the mouth.
  • If you have a sore, lump or ulcer in your mouth for 2-3 weeks and aren't positive what it is; please call us immediately for an appointment so we can evaluate and make a diagnosis.
If you want to quit smoking or would like to help a friend or family member, information and support are available.

Contact the Montana Tobacco Quit line at 866-485-7848 or http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/mtuoo/quitlinefactsheet.shtml for assistance.

Ronald Rosser DDS