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A 34-year-old member asked:

can using smokeless tobacco definitely give you oral cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Puts you at higher : Risk. Not all people who use tobacco get cancer, but users are at much higher risk for cancer. There is no redeeming value to using tobacco, so do not use tobacco in any form.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
Smokeless tobacco : The number one cause of oral cancer is smoking. Smokeless tobacco carries a lower risk, but there are a number of cases reported every year. Smokeless tobacco, however, causes tooth and gum loss routinely. If you are trying to stop dipping, switch to the skoal bandits for a while. The are much less abrasive.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is EXCELLENT advice. My hope is that you can abandon tobacco altogether, but until you can, this is a good choice.
Oct 16, 2012
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
I concur with Dr. Friedlander.
Aug 19, 2019

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A 40-year-old member asked:

If i've been using smokeless tobacco for two years, how can I tell if I will get oral cancer?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
High risk: Smokeless tobacco greatly increases your chances of oral cancer. If you drink alcohol with it, the risk is even greater. You will inevitably get some form of oral pathology if you continue to use smokeless tobacco. Please stop immediately.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Carcinogens: It is the carcinogens in the tobacco that leach into the soft tissues of your mouth and cause the changes on a cellular level that result in cancer cells forming.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the time it takes to get oral cancer using smokeless tobacco?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Tobacco of any kind: Tobacco use of any kind is the big leading cause of oral cancer.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get oral cancer from smokeless tobacco?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Smokeless tobacco is an important cause of oral cancer. Alcohol is another. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smokeless-tobacco.

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