Health Tip: Smokeless Tobacco Can Harm Your Oral Health

By on January 5, 2011

Chewing tobacco, even though it doesn’t involve smoking, can still threaten your oral health, the American Dental Association warns.

The ADA says at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals are found in smokeless tobacco products. The group says these products pose increased risk of:

  • Cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas.
  • Gum disease and irritation of the tissues inside the mouth.
  • Tooth decay from the sugar that’s usually added to these products.
  • Erosion of tooth enamel from grit and sand found in these products.

Source: HealthDay

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