Tobacco and Oral Health

June 30, 2011 | Posted in Education

  • tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and SNUS
  • tobacco-use is the number one cause of preventable disease, disability and death in Canada
  • cigarette smoking causes about 30 per cent of cancer deaths in Canada
  • there are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette, cigar or pipe, 69 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer
  • there are over 3,000 chemicals in spit tobacco, 28 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer

Oral Cosmetic Effects of Tobacco Use

Tobacco use causes:
  • persistent bad breath
    • discoloured teeth


    Oral Health Effects of Tobacco Use
    Tobacco use is linked to an increased risk of:
    • tartar build-up
    • gum and bone disease (smoking increases risk by four times)
    • jaw bone loss
    • shifting teeth
    • oral cancers – tongue, mouth, gums, tonsils, pharynx
    • mouth sores
    • cavities
    • altered sense of taste and smell
    • delayed wound healing
    • sinusitis


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      Sources: Canadian Dental Health Association : College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario : World Health Organization : Canadian Cancer Society