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How Tobacco Use Can Affect Your Oral Health

tobacco stains on teethLung cancer might be the only cancer that comes to mind while reading the warning sign on a tobacco product, but the scope of danger is much wider. One common ailment that is associated with the use of tobacco is oral cancer, though it is not the only possible outcome. Another common issue is periodontal disease. The dental specialists at Premier Dentistry of Stuart want everyone to know how tobacco can affect their oral health.

How Tobacco Affects Your Dental Health

The team at Dr. Dan Casel’s Stuart dental office has seen tobacco-related oral ailments numerous times. Periodontal disease can become a problem for smokers because the tobacco seems to interfere with the mouth’s ability to heal. The chemicals in tobacco products stifle blood flow, which is the key to restoration and healing.

These are very hard issues to deal with because it increases the chance of periodontal disease and increases its potency. Gum disease can be treated, but tobacco makes that difficult. Keep in mind that untreated gum disease can lead to total tooth loss.

Oral cancers occur because tobacco contains carcinogenic properties. These properties can eventually cause mutations in the DNA of some cells in the mouth of the smoker. These mutations will make new cells that do not die, which is how tumors begin to grow. The mutations will begin to spread throughout the body without early detection, making these mutations deadly as they continue to spread. No doubt that this outcome is a scary one, especially if it goes undetected.

How Dr. Casel’s Office Can Help?

You should know that Dr. Dan Casel and his team are always here for you, even during a time of distress. After seeing possible signs of cancer like ulcers that do not go away patients become scared, which is understandable. Our team has a few ways to find out if you have something to worry about. One of those options is using the (Velscope) technology. This is a non-invasive oral cancer screening tool that should be helpful in this situation.

The device stimulates epithelial cells and stroma with a powerful 400 to 460 nm blue light. The fluorescent nature of certain tissues allows the dentist to see changes in morphology. Subtle changes will help prompt further testing. Of course, it is better to just talk to the dentist to ensure all questions are answered. You should find out everything you need to know.