Cigarette sales at most Fishers stores have decreased in the past decade, but some Fishers tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.
There is a common misconception in the Indianapolis 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 old-school cigarettes.
At Dental Care Today PC, 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 Indiana.
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 harmful 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 Indiana: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions often disappear within a year for Indiana dental patients.
Oral Cancer in Fishers: Smokeless tobacco use in Indianapolis 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 Indiana 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.
At Dental Care Today PC in Fishers, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. To receive more specifics, or schedule an appointment, call 317-288-3638.
If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you talk toDr. Behner at Dental Care Today PC, your Fishers primary care doctor, or your Fishers pharmacist.
Dental Care Today PC
9744 Lantern Rd
Fishers, Indiana 46037