Dr. Harris, what do you know about smokeless tobacco?

Smokeless tobacco (also called chewing tabacco, dip, snuff, chew) has over 3,000 chemicals, including 28 cancer causing substances. The nicotine in smokeless tobacco is swallowed  or absorbed through blood vessels in the mouth. Holding an average-sized dip in your mouth for 30 minutes gives you as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco can cause oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth loss. It can also cause your teeth and tongue to become brown and stained.

Quitting tobacco will improve your appearance, lower your risk for cancer and disease, improve your overall health, and save money. Visit www.smokefree.gov for more information and support.

We would love to help you quit! Please call our office and let us know how we can help you! 864.877.9111

Source: American Dental Association


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