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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more


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Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?

Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?

Yup: The tobacco still contains carcinogens, and they can leach directly into your soft tissues. Alcohol only accelerates the process. ...Read more

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Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

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

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Can there be some way to further prevent gum disease while using smokeless tobacco?

Can there be some way to further prevent gum disease while using smokeless tobacco?

No: Smokeless tobacco is one of the main reasons for gingivitis and further gum problems.
Stop using it.. ...Read more

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How common is gum disease or mouth cancer from smokless tobacco?

How common is gum disease or mouth cancer from smokless tobacco?

Varies with people: Gum disease is very common and made much worse from smokeless tobacco. Oral cancer is rare but is much more common among users of smokeless tobacco. ...Read more

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How likely are you to get gum disease or mouth cancer from smokeless tobacco?

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

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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?

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?

Get a dental exam: Bleeding gums are often the first sign of gingivitis. Brushing too hard can also cause bleeding. Cigarettes and other tobacco products also may be causative. You need a dental exam as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get my gums to heal faster from chewing tobacco?

Can you tell me how I could get my gums to heal faster from chewing tobacco?

Stop Chewing: That's the first step. Then see a dentist to determine if any damage was done to the soft tissue, teeth, and bone. A that time you can also have a screening for oral cancer. ...Read more

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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

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How to left chewing tobacco habit? Should I use nicotine gum for few days?

How to left chewing tobacco habit? Should I use nicotine gum for few days?

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

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Dark spot on gums under tooth where chewing tobacco is usually put? What could it be? The tooth does have some gum recession

See the dentist: Hard to say, chewing tobacco has been shown to cause cancer of the mouth. You definitely need to get this taken care of ASAP and see an oral surgeon for a possible biopsy. This could turn out to be just a simple thickening of the tissue or an irritation. ...Read more

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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

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: 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.

Please read from the link below. ...Read more

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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

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

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What're the odds that I will get any type of disease from chewing tobacco?

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

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Can you get cardiovascular disease from smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco?

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

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Can I chew tobacco once and awhile?

Better not to: Use of this product increases your risk of cancer. Better to avoid it. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to chew tobacco around a child?

Is it harmful to chew tobacco around a child?

Yes.: Yes, because it models poor health choices for them. It doesn't necessarily harm them like second hand smoke, but it sets a horrible example. ...Read more

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How risky is chewing tobacco in smaller amounts?

How risky is chewing tobacco in smaller amounts?

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

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Advice? Would the dentist know if I chew tobacco?

Advice? Would the dentist know if I chew tobacco?

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

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Can you chew tobacco while on humira (adalimumab)?

Can you chew tobacco while on humira (adalimumab)?

No: I would not recommend chewing tobacco with or without humira (adalimumab). It would be best if you stop this habit immediately. The long-term health risks are something you'll discover 30 years from now. Please stop. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms I will have when chewing tobacco?

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

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Can someone be allergic to chew tobacco or the nicotine?

Probably not: Any thing is possible but this is unlikely and symptoms may be related to another mechanism other than real allergy. ...Read more

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What is the health risk of using chewing tobacco occasionally?

What is the health risk of using chewing tobacco occasionally?

Oral Cancer: Even using chewing tobacco occasionally increases your risk for oral cancer. It can also cause periodontal disease, stained teeth, bad breath, altered taste and dry mouth, which can lead to increased tooth decay. Don, t use this product is you wish to stay healthy. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of chewing tobacco only during games?

Cancer and more: You are at increased risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, urinary bladder, pancreas and perhaps others. Tobacco also causes blood vessel disease leading to heart attacks, stroke, gangrene and shortens life by about ten years. ...Read more

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How dangerous is chewing tobacco if you only do it occassionally?

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

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Can chewing tobacco stunt growth?

Can chewing tobacco stunt growth?

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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Is chewing tobacco worse than smoking?

Tobacco is tobacco: There is no safe, healthful form of tobacco. ...Read more

Chewing Tobacco (Definition)

Chewing tobacco is a type of smokeless tobacco that, when chewed, releases nicotine and flavor. It is highly addictive and is ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Gingivitis (Definition)

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