Using tobacco, no matter what kind, increases your risk for gum disease, tooth loss or even oral cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 90 percent of people with oral cancer (cancer affecting the lips, tongue,
Smokeless tobacco—also known as chewing tobacco, dip, chew or snuff—contains nicotine and other chemicals that are absorbed through the tissues lining the mouth.
Smokeless tobacco can cause white or gray patches inside the mouth (leukoplakia) that can lead to cancer. This type of tobacco is known to cause cancers of the mouth,
Smokeless tobacco can cause gum disease, tooth
Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that young people who use smokeless tobacco can become addicted to nicotine, and may be more likely to also become cigarette smokers. This can lead to a whole other array of serious potential health problems.
If you need help quitting, there are many resources out there for you. Ask your dentist and also check out the American Cancer Society’s website for helpful tips on how to quit.
1International Agency for Research on Cancer. Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines. Lyon, France: World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007. IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 89.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014
Smokeless Tobacco Health Effects. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/smokeless/health_effects/index.htm