How Does Tobacco Use Impact My Child’s Smile?
Tobacco use can begin at a very young age; either through peer influences or by mirroring what is seen in adults. It’s not difficult for your teen to get her hands on tobacco products like cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Educating her on the way these impact her smile may be one of the best ways to discourage its use.
Bad Breath – Tobacco doesn’t just make your clothes smell, it makes your breath smell too. Even brushing, mints, mouthwashes and gums can’t cover it up. Odorous particles build up throughout all areas of your oral tissues and can linger for days.
Yellow Teeth – The stains caused by tobacco aren’t easily brushed away. They actually soak deep into the enamel, making teeth look decades older than they actually are.
Gum Disease and Tooth Loss – Tobacco use causes gum recession and disease, which make teeth become mobile and ultimately fall out.
Oral Cancer – There’s no way of knowing how fast oral cancer can pop up, but by the time most people find it on their own it is too late. Both smoking and snuff use can lead to precancerous tissues. Our dentists will conduct an oral cancer screening to pinpoint areas that may develop between visits.
Using tobacco can ruin that important first impression that your teen wants to make on a new friend or potential future employer. Find out more by calling us.