February 17, 2009
Health Tip: Tobacco and Oral Health
What it can do to your mouth
(HealthDay News) -- You know that tobacco is bad for your health, and your mouth is no exception.
The American Dental Association says smoking or chewing tobacco can cause or contribute to:
- Cancers of the mouth.
- Gum (periodontal) disease, which can lead to lost or sensitive teeth.
- Bad breath, stained teeth, and even a stained tongue.
- Reduced ability to taste and smell.
- Slower healing after oral surgery.