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Can You Chew Tobacco While You Have Gum Disease
Sure: If that helps you curb your cravings, then go ahead and chew gum. ...Read more
How can I prevent gum disease if i smoke? I’ve heard that smokers get gum disease more than other people. I can’t seem to quit smoking, so i’d like to know how to prevent gum disease. Should i brush more often. Is there a mouthwash that will help?
Great oral hygiene: Smokers can have 4x as much gum disease as those who do not smoke. Smoking is a large contributing factor to gum disease, but so is bacterial plaque. Meticulous oral hygiene will help decrease the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth and may help to slow or prevent gum disease. Mouth washes can be a nice adjunct to brushing and flossing, but it does not take the place of either. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?
Nothing.: I do not know of any ill affects of doing the two together that are different from smoking alone. If you want to have a greater peace of mind while growing older, i strongly recommend you stop smoking. The links to cancer and heart disease are so well documented i feel that smokers are committing suicide slowly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There aren't any: Braces work by using wires to move your teeth. The orthodontist bends the wires in very specific ways to make sure that the movements gently move your teeth. Chewing gum can bend the wires and even break them- potentially damaging your teeth, gums and tongue. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Not recommended: Swollen gums are caused more often due to poor dental hygiene and bacterial infection. Poor dental hygiene, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, smoking and eating excessive sugary foods also cause swelling in the gums. Some types of gum disease can be caused or made worse by excessive alcohol intake. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dumb move: Hard/sticky/chewy foods bend wires, break wires, fully dislodge braces, or partially dislodge braces. All of these problems can extend time in braces, result in more frequent visits, and compromise your treatment result. Additionally feeding the bacteria that cause cavities with sugar can lead to cavities. ...Read more
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