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A 38-year-old member asked:

was wondering if you took three- four dips and you have gingivitis, would you still be okay?

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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
Dentistry 23 years experience
Treat the cause: Treat the gingivitis with thorough cleaning. Treat the potential health problem with stopping or limiting the amount of dips. Dips will cause constriction of blood vessel (nicotinic action) causing dry mouth which leads to decay teeth and gingivitis.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Please don't forget the increased risk of oral cancer
Dec 19, 2013
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry 11 years experience
Gingivitis: Yes, you will be fine. Stop dipping though because you don't want to put yourself at higher risk to oral cancer. Gingivitis will go away with improved oral hygiene such as brushing 2 times daily and flossing daily. If you are doing all this and still have gingivitis, consider adding a mouthwash once daily such as listerine.
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
Oral cancer risk: The direct correlation between dip and oral cancer is evident. Time to curtail this addictive habit, have the dentist evaluate the gingival health and make sure that you have no areas of leukoplakia from the dip.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
No "safe" tobacco: The nicotine content in one "dip" of snuff can be 4 times that of 1 cigarette. The best thing you can do for your teeth, gingivitis and health is to quit using tobacco; it’s the only way to decrease your risk of tobacco-related health problems.

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