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.
Gum disease. It is the nicotine, not so much the smoke that causes the problem. Smoke has tar which is carciogenic but nicotine causes constriction of blood vessel and thus may cause hypoxic reaction to gum tissue (low oxygen level). This in turn camouflage the bleeding of gingival tissue if swelling exists (the first sign of gingivitis), affecting the periodontal regeneration potential.
Very likely. Soft tissue changes and recession or the movement of the gum down the root of the tooth are very common. The changes are considered by many to be precancerous...So better not to use tobacco in any form.

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I was wondering what are the first signs of mouth cancer, or other gum and mouth related diseases because of smokeless tobacco?

Smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco, as well as smoking cigarettes, cigars ; pipes all cause oral cancers. Rather than waiting until you develop early lesions, stop right now! These lesions start on a microscopic level until you notice (or don't because it's in a hidden spot) a red or white spot, ulcer or bump. Any lesion that lasts more than two weeks should be biopsied. Add alcohol 2 the mix and you increase risk.
A few signs/symptoms. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

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

More than cigs. A habit of smokeless is far worse than cigarette smoke. This is because you constantly put the tobacco in the same place and it eventually leads to dyplasia of the gum tissue which could lead to cancers. I know it takes a lot of will power but...If you can quit the smokeless you'll be far better off. And it is not a good habit to try to socialize with either.
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.
Common. Mouth cancer and gum disease are associated with smokeless tobacco. There are numerous studies that show this risk. My suggestion: quit!
Too Common. Gum disease is extremely common in individuals that use smokeless tobacco. Mouth cancer is uncommon generally (on the rise though), but is more common in smokeless tobacco users. Please seek help in quitting this habit. It will be tough, but your life may depend on it. I wish you well.

How likely is it to develop mouth cancer from smokeless tobacco? 10% chance? Or less?

No one knows. A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease.
Greater then smoking. Chewing tobacco is worse then smoking. Chew is placed in the lip and sits in one spot. The nicotine acts as a constant irritatent to that area. The individual repeats this in the same spot. Smoking while they hold the smokie in there mouth it circulates around inuit the lungs and the out through the nose and mouth. Think about it if a irritant sits in one place for long periods of time.
No studies. No studies. Don't do it. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

How long after using smokeless tobacco do you get mouth cancer?

Hopefully never. Hopefully never... Get an oral cancer pre-screening... Velscope/.
Tobacco use. Not everyone who chews tobacco and smokes cigarette will end up with cancer. We all have different immune system and everyone's body reacts differently to harmful substances.

How long will you have to use smokeless tobacco to get mouth cancer?

Doesn't matter. Length of time is irrelevent. Smokeless tobacco contains cancer causing agents. Follow the below link for more detailed info: http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/tobacco/smokeless.

Can you tell me can I get mouth cancer from only using smokeless tobacco a few times?

Unlikely. It is chronic trauma which leads to cancer. Not just once or twice. Not to say that you could not get cancer. You could. But you could get cancer without eever using tobacco. Using tobacco a few times does not increase that risk significantly.

Does smokeless tobacco carry a high risk of mouth cancer?

Yes. Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer, at multiple sites in the body.
Maybe. It isn't as great a risk factor as cigarettes but the risk is there. The answer depends on what your definition of high risk is.
Yes. Yes. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

How quickly can mouth cancer develop from using smokeless tobacco?

It Varies For People. Smokeless tobacco contains the same cancer inducing chemicals that are in all tobacco products. Since it is held in the mouth, the harmful chemicals are directly contacting your mouth mucosa. The duration of onset of cancer varies from person to person -- some teens get oral cancer from it in only a few years while others use it for decades. Best advise is to stop using all tobacco products.
Indeterrninate. Although a true malignancy may take longer, changes associated with the use of such a known carcinogen are observable fairly quickly. Dont try to "play the odds" here. Continued use creates a "not if, but when" scenario. Quit now!
Unknown. Unknown, better not to start. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

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

No. Chewing tobacco is one of the worst things you can do for your oral tissues. If you have gum disease you are already suffering from a bacterial infection. Adding chewing tobacco on top of that is only going to make unhealthy tissues worse. Also you are greatly increasing the chances of oral cancer.
No, smokeless. Tobacco is one cause of gum disease if placed in the same place over a period of time.
No. Smokeless tobacco is one of the main reasons for gingivitis and further gum problems. Stop using it..