ANTI-TOBACCO & NO-SMOKING AWARENESS PROGRAMME
The Effects Of Smoking And Chewing Tobacco On Your Mouth — They Will Take Your Smile! * It’s easy to take action for good dental health with a visit to your dental health care provider for a checkup and oral cancer screening. Dental Hygiene Month in October offers a perfect time to learn more about oral health and to get going to make it happen. * You’re about to have the smile wiped off your face—permanently. As a matter of fact, when you smoke or chew tobacco, you’re at risk of losing your cheek, your tongue, your teeth, or your jaw. When you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, your risk of oral cancer goes through the roof. In fact, tobacco use accounts for most oral cancers. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes; using chewing tobacco; and dipping snuff are all linked to oral cancer. Heavy smokers who use tobacco for a long time are most at risk. The risk increases for tobacco users who drink alcohol heavily. Even the slickest of tobacco executives can't deny the statistics. The bottom lineis that three out of four oral cancers occur in people who use alcohol or tobacco, or both alcohol and tobacco.1 Tobacco in any form is the enemy of good dental health. This is serious business–don't wait. Schedule a checkup and cleaning with the dentist or hygienist. It’s not an option—dental examinations that include a screening for oral cancer save lives. Oral cancer screening that is part of a dental checkup catches oral cancer early. As with most cancers, the earlier oral cancer is detected, the better a person’s chances for survival!2 The laundry list of problems associated with smokeless tobacco is long enough—bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, mouth (canker) sores, failure of dental implants, and oral cancer. Yet smoking and chewing tobacco are also the main suspects in gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss associated with periodontal (gum)...