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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


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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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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?

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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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


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