Thursday, January 12, 2023

Smoking Causes More Than Bad Breath

Quitting smoking isn't easy, but there is a reason why you should make the effort to quit. Smoking causes more than just bad breath, it can lead to oral cancer - which includes the mouth, throat, salivary glands, tongue, and lips.

Early signs of oral cancer include:
  • Lumps
  • Red or white patches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness in the mouth
  • Thickening of the cheeks
  • Voice changes
Oral cancer's top risk factor is tobacco whether it's from smoking or chewing.

To help prevent oral cancer you should visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, and keep up on your oral routine at home by brushing and flossing daily.

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