The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November since 1977, they set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to triumph over addiction, and to finally give up smoking.
Approximately 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Smoking and other tobacco products can also lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Gum disease or Gingivitis, is a leading cause of tooth loss. Use of tobacco products can also lead to these irritating and serious conditions:
- Bad Breath
- Tooth Discoloration
- Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
- Increased buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth
- Increased loss of bone within the jaw
- Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
- Increased risk of developing oral cancer
Like cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products (for example, snuff and chewing tobacco) contain at least 28 chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer and cancer of the throat and esophagus. In fact, chewing tobacco contains higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes. One can of snuff delivers more nicotine than over 60 cigarettes.
Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing it to recede or pull away from your teeth. Once the gum tissue recedes, your teeth roots become exposed, creating an increased risk of tooth decay. Exposed roots are also more sensitive to hot and cold or other irritants, making eating and drinking uncomfortable.
Visit www.cancer.org to learn more about quitting smoking, improving your health, or getting involved with the Great American Smokeout in your community. Or just call your American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-227-2345.