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The tar, nicotine and the other chemicals introduced to your mouth and throat by tobacco use can pose a serious threat to your overall oral health. The more frequently that you use tobacco the more likely you are to experience serious problems.

As a cosmetic inconvenience, tobacco use deeply stains your teeth and gives you pervasive and chronic bad breath. At the same time the whitening products available to the average consumer are not strong enough to remove these stains. The only way to effectively whiten your smile is through a dental tooth bleaching procedure offered by Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen Even once your teeth are whitened, continued tobacco use will cause them to deeply stain again.

Trying to manage the problem lozenges or hard candy adds extra sugar to your mouth, which increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease.

Conclusive research has also linked tobacco use and at least eight major types of oral cancer. At the same time oral and pharyngeal cancers tend to occur earlier and with greater complications in tobacco users.

Using tobacco after oral surgery or dental procedures that involve the gums can also lead to several complications. Initially it irritates gum tissues and lengthens the recovery time. It can also lead to a serious infection of the gums.

If you have concerns about how your tobacco use is impacting your oral health, please call Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen at 904-281-9988 to schedule an appointment. While tobacco cessation might be a challenge, it is certainly easier than suffering any of the problems it causes to your oral or overall health.