"Dip" ... quot;Chew" ... "Pinch" ... quot;Snuff" ... "Dirt" ... "Plug" ... all are different names for smokeless tobacco, a finely ground version of processed tobacco. No matter the name, smokeless tobacco is harmful and puts your health at risk. Chew on these facts:
About 30,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in 1999.*
More than 8,000 oral cancer patients will die this year.
Tobacco products cause about 75% of oral cancers affecting the mouth, tongue, lips, throat, and parts of the nose and larynx.
Nearly 30 cancer-causing substances have been found in smokeless tobacco.
One can of smokeless tobacco a day delivers as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes!
You have a 50% greater risk of developing oral cancer with long-term use of smokeless tobacco.
* Cancer Facts and Figures, American
Cancer Society, 1999
Smokeless tobacco has been glorified over time by images of quot;macho"
men performing feats of fame and prowess, whether as athletes, rodeo cowboys, or country music stars. In reality, many want to kick the habit, but nicotine is
addictive. It's hard for them to quit.
In a survey of major league baseball players, more than a third reported they
had mouth sores, white patches, or gum problems. Nearly 60% said they wanted to
quit. The nicotine actually decreases performance, causing dizziness and slowed reaction time.
Smokeless tobacco causes problems for your oral health:
White, leathery patches in your mouth or lips
Painful sores that may be pre-cancerous or cancerous
Yellow teeth and permanent tobacco-stained teeth
Exposed tooth roots from receding gums, likely to become decayed, sensitive,
Cavities from the sugar added to the tobacco
Greater risk for developing oral cancer
Additionally, smokeless tobacco can affect your general health causing:
Increased blood pressure and heart rate
A greater risk of heart attack
Withdrawal symptoms ranging from headaches, moodiness, and problems
concentrating when you try to quit
Cancer that can be fatal
If you use smokeless tobacco, chew all these facts over. Choose to quit. Your
health is serious business. Talk to your dentist about getting help to quit. Make the right choice -- it's for your body, your health, and maybe even your
Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria can hide between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line.
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Take good care of your smile. Remember to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Mouthwash Is Important, Too!
Brushing and flossing may not be enough. The ADA now recommends using an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.