So, you finally have the smile you’ve always wanted! Or maybe you’re wearing braces or Invisalign right now. Congratulations! Having a beautiful and healthy smile is exactly what you deserve. But wait, do you use tobacco? Have you ever wondered what tobacco can do to your teeth and mouth? If so, keep reading.

Most people know that tobacco can quickly stain teeth and can give you bad breath, but there are other issues that come into the equation with excessive tobacco use. Aside from tobacco being the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States1, it can also do some serious damage to your oral hygiene.

Here are the damaging side effects to using tobacco:

  1. Do you like the way your favorite meal tastes? Watch out! Tobacco can also ruin some of your taste buds.
  2. Tobacco may cause gum disease and recession.
  3. The use of tobacco can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, tongue and lip.
  4. Due to the sugar content in some tobacco, it can cause tooth decay.
  5. Tobacco also may cause tooth loss, bone loss and sensitivity.
  6. Someone that used chew or dip is susceptible to leukoplakia, which is a gray-white patch in the mouth that can become cancer.

Some people think that smokeless tobacco is a better alternative to smoking cigarettes, but it is not. The use of tobacco has many side effects. According the the American Cancer Society, “people who dip or chew get about the same amount of nicotine as regular smokers. They also get at least 30 chemicals that are known to cause cancer.”

The damage of tobacco to your mouth and body can be devastating in many ways – from gum disease and recession, to leukoplakia and cancer. It’s safe to say that tobacco is not something that will help your beautiful smile shine!

1According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention