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Can You Chew Tobacco While You Have Gum Disease
Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?
Yes: Nicotine in tobacco chewing causes localized ischemic area due to constriction of blood vessel. Precancerous soft tissue changes include leukoplakia, erythroplakia, acanthoma and carcinoma in situ. Regarding gum disease, tobacco product causes root surface roughness and delay wound healing. Tobacco product will aid in dry mouth and thus causes root caries leading to rotting teeth. ...Read more
Oral cancer: Smokeless tobacco can result in root exposure and subsequent loss of teeth. While this is characterized as gum disease, it's a bit different than the gum disease caused by bacteria - that most people think of when they think of gum disease. It's possible also to develop oral cancer from tobacco use. Early detection is critical here and can help you avoid serious consequences. ...Read more
Sudden onset, sore swollen bleeding gums in entire mouth. No gum disease at all, no meds, no tobacco, no over flossing, What non dental causes?
Does smoking cause the gums to recede or is it chewing tobacco? I was gueing that chewing cause the gums to deteriorate but some say its smoking. Can I have some opinions?
Tobacco,: Tobacco, in any form, is harmful to your oral and general health. Not only is tobacco one of the major risk factors in the development and progression of gum disease by recession and bone loss and hence tooth loss, it is also associated with oral cancer. Consider quitting stat! ...Read more
Quiting: It is often helpful to use a supplement such as gum or a patch to quit. Check with a provider to make sure it is a good fit. Course for gum is often 10-12 weeks, patches 6-10 weeks. I also suggest that you prepare to manage cravings. This can be done through distraction/activities, setting goals and reminding yourself of those goals, and "riding" the craving out - they do pass. Be well. ...Read more
Dark spot on gums under tooth where chewing tobacco is usually put? What could it be? The tooth does have some gum recession
What is wrong with my gums? I am 17 years old and to help me quit smoking (because I'm enlisted in the marine corps and it's hurting my running), I have taken up chewing tobacco. The brand is grizzly wintergreen long cut, and I have crazy pain on my front
You are irritating the soft tissues of your mouth with the the harmful chemicals leaching out of the tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is an extremely dangerous and harmful habit, and over the long run you are putting yourself at grave risk.
I am not trying to lecture you, just advise you of what is known in the medical community. Many people feel that because it is not smoked, it is safe.
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White spot on my gum is cancerous? During my last dental appointment, my dentist was concerned that a light whitish spot on my gum might be cancerous or precancerous. I don't smoke or chew tobacco, and don't drink often. She wants me to come back in ten d
During: During routine dental examinations and oral cancer screening is usually performed. Typically we are looking for lumps, bumps, ulcers, and colored lesions (white, red, blue). Any change from normal is typically reevaluated in 7 to 10 days because that is the normal healing time for oral lesions. If the lesion persists then a biopsy is recommended so that the tissue can be closely examined to determine its nature. White lesions in the mouth can range from a reaction to trauma to oral cancer, but without a tissue diagnosis your dentist cannot tell what the change. Most white lesions in a patient a little risk for cancer are benign and do not require treatment, but they all have to be evaluated. ...Read more
Does this sound like early signs of gum cancer? Have just noticed a small lump on my gum. It dosent hurt and it almost feels like a swollen gland you would have on your neck. I have started useing chewing tobacco which I am stoping now and I know this in
Toothloss chew/dip: It is not uncommon to have tooth loss from dip or chewing tobbacco. The dip is very destructive to the soft tissue (gums) of the mouth. You should be more worried about getting oral cancer. Toothloss will be the least of your problems if you get oral cancer. The rate of oral cancer skyrockets with the use of any tobacco products, dip/ chewing tobacco appears to be the worst. ...Read more
Absolutely: One of the strongest risk factors for cardiovascular disease is smoking. It causes both the blood vessels to the heart as well as those to the rest of the body to become narrowed and diseased. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to extend your life. Chewing tobacco carries less of a risk than smoking, but studies show health risks with heart attacks as well. ...Read more
No: Opinion is that is not healthy to chew tobacco. ...Read more
Can be very serious: Tobacco, even smoking tobacco is a known carcinogen and can cause cancer. There may or may not be less of a risk if you use it infrequently or in smaller amounts, but there is a risk. Why take that chance? I suggest that you stop using it altogether! Better safe than sorry. ...Read more
My advice is-: Chewing tobacco produces changes in the soft tissue of the mouth. It's a known carcinogen and can cause oral cancer. What's important is that you consider stopping. It's your mouth and your life at stake. Is it really worth the risk? Personally, I would care more about my well being and life than if my dentist knows. ...Read more
Unfortunately, None: Unfortunately, you won't have any symptoms from chewing tobacco until you have advancing oral cancer. You will see some visual changes to your lip and gums, but you won't have any change in feeling or sensation until it's too late. Most deadly conditions don't have symptoms in the early stages, which is why many of them are found late in their development. Tobacco is a habit you can live without! ...Read more
Probably not: Any thing is possible but this is unlikely and symptoms may be related to another mechanism other than real allergy. ...Read more
Smokless tobacco: In a study by greer in 2011, smokless tobacco, the primary oral, mucosal, and hard tissue changes associated with slt use include slt keratosis (stk); gingival inflammation, periodontal inflammation, and alveolar bone damage; and dental caries, tooth abrasion, and dysplasia and oral squamous cell carcinoma (scc). Stks are human papillomavirus. Does the risk outweigh the benefit to chew slt? ...Read more
Maybe: A canadian study published online march 17 in the journal, annals of epidemiology, found that teenage boys who smoke are on average 2.54 centimetres shorter than non-smokers. Uncertain regarding chewing tobacco but likely similar risk. There are so many other risks to health from tobacco in any form it is advised to avoid all tobacco. ...Read more
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