Tobacco use can lead to a wide range of problems, including many that are life-threatening. In fact, smoking and chewing tobacco is one of the leading causes of death. It is also, however, one of the most preventable. We welcome you to call Children’s Dentistry at 801-295-8322 to make an appointment for your child with our pediatric dentists and learn more about tobacco usage and oral health in Centerville, Utah.
Some of the problems caused by or contributed to by tobacco use include:
- Oral cancer
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Reduced or compromised ability to heal following oral surgery or other procedures
- Diminished ability to smell and taste
- Stained teeth
While many people consider smokeless tobacco products a “safer” option, smokeless tobacco actually delivers a greater concentration of harmful agents into the body and is much more addictive than regular tobacco.
Our pediatric dentists and team recommend that you encourage pre-adolescent and adolescent children to avoid using any kind of tobacco products. There are several ways in which you can do this, including speaking to your child about the dangers of tobacco use, leading by example by not using tobacco products yourself and monitoring your child closely. You can also ask Dr. Mark Nelson and Dr. Treagan White to speak with your child about tobacco use and their oral health.
If you have any questions, or to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists, please contact our office today.