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How long does it take to get gum decay from smokeless tobacco?
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In brief: varies, but do quit
Tooth decay and gum disease are related to smokeless tobacco use but are not directly caused by it.
Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection of gums and surrounding support structures of the teeth. It is usually caused by poor hygiene and can be influenced by many other factors such as tobacco use. Tooth decay has a similar cause. Having good hygiene and eating healthy helps avoid issues.

In brief: varies, but do quit
Tooth decay and gum disease are related to smokeless tobacco use but are not directly caused by it.
Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection of gums and surrounding support structures of the teeth. It is usually caused by poor hygiene and can be influenced by many other factors such as tobacco use. Tooth decay has a similar cause. Having good hygiene and eating healthy helps avoid issues.
Dr. Charles Kattuah
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Dr. Michael Benjamin
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Don't find out
You are referring to "gingival recession.
" here's some info from nci: http://dccps.Nci.Nih.Gov/tcrb/less_effects.Html the thought behind the question sounds like, "i'll just chew tobacco until i get gum decay, then stop." this just sounds like a huge gamble with your health. Don't do it!

In brief: Don't find out
You are referring to "gingival recession.
" here's some info from nci: http://dccps.Nci.Nih.Gov/tcrb/less_effects.Html the thought behind the question sounds like, "i'll just chew tobacco until i get gum decay, then stop." this just sounds like a huge gamble with your health. Don't do it!
Dr. Michael Benjamin
Dr. Michael Benjamin
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