Tobacco use = Unhealthy mouth

Oral cancer is the most serious consequence of using tobacco. Smoking cigarettes and pipes and chewing tobacco have been proven to cause oral cancer. Oral cancers include cancers of the lip, tongue, cheeks, mouth, sinuses, and throat. 
Tobacco use also increases the risk for various other oral diseases. Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to the teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to gum disease and inflammation around the teeth. Tooth loss is higher in smokers than in non-smokers.
Tobacco use including cigarettes, cigars, and chew tobacco can cause:

  • Cavities
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth sores
  • Hairy tongue
  • Stained teeth
  • Shrinking gums
  • Decreased sense of taste and smell