The Effects Of Tobacco On Oral Health

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Tobacco is bad for the overall health, so it should be no surprise smoking and chewing tobacco are harmful to the oral health. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Even though the Center of Disease Control has provided more education on the effects of smoking and how to quit through stop smoking campaigns, tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. In relation to oral health, smoking can cause cancer in the oropharynx region including parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, and the tonsils. In addition to smoking cigarettes, dipping, and chewing tobacco, hookah, and using e-cigarettes are becoming more popular especially amongst the younger generation. Tobacco use …show more content…
Tobacco use can cause many other oral consequences like bad breath, tooth discoloration, delayed healing from an oral trauma or oral surgery, and an increased risk of periodontal disease. These consequences can result in the loss of taste, smell, teeth, and bone loss in the mandible. Nicotine, which is found in all tobacco products in different amounts, intensifies grinding. It is a natural stimulant that ignites the muscles that initiate grinding or bruxism. It is also a vasoconstrictor, meaning it inhibits the body’s ability to produce salvia and can enhance susceptibility to bacteria buildup, dry mouth, and tooth decay. Hookah and E-cigarettes are not excluded from these consequences. Most myths say hookah and e-cigarettes are healthy options but realistically they are worse. In fact, the coals placed on a hookah to heat the shisha contain more carcinogens than the shisha itself. In addition by simply sharing a hookah hose or mouthpiece, it can potentially expose the users to herpes in the mouth either from one of the surrounding smokers sharing the mouthpiece or by not cleaning the hose. The same could be said about e-cigarettes. The coils that heats “juice” deliver a high voltage, temperature, and a more direct shot of nicotine. In some cases, the e-cigarettes have delivered too high of a voltage and exploded, causing permanent physical injuries to the user in the process. Sharing this device with others puts the users at the same potential risk of herpes as other smoking

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