Yellowing Teeth and Oral Cancer - Just Another Reason to Quit Smoking
Looking for yet another reason to quit smoking? Whether you are a smoker or user of chewing tobacco it is damaging your teeth, gums, and overall health. Smoking and oral tobacco products are never safe to use as they can lead to many serious illnesses including cancer. In fact, there are no health benefits of using tobacco products they only cause harm to the body.
Why Quit Smoking?
The reasons to quit smoking and using smokeless tobacco products are truly endless as the repercussions of using these products can shorten your life and cause many illnesses.
Here are just a few of the reason to quit smoking focusing on the effects to your oral health:
• Yellowing teeth
• Loss of taste
• Loss of smell
• Bad Breath
• Higher risk for disease including gum and periodontal disease
• Tooth loss
• Increased tooth decay
• Oral cancer
Alarming statistics from the CDC:
“Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.1 In 2016, more than 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.5%) currently* smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 37.8 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes.”
“More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.”
How to Quit Smoking
The best way to quit smoking is not to start in the first place and this means preventing children from starting. Most smokers will develop the habit before the age of 18 years of age. Knowledge is power. Stop them before they start.
If you are a current smoker or user of smokeless tobacco products there is help to stop! In fact, there are free resources available to you to help quit. Visit QuitPlan to learn more.