Understanding the Impact of Tobacco on Your Oral Health | 28025 Dentist

At Lockney Dental, serving Concord and beyond, we prioritize the oral health of our patients. While tobacco use is commonly associated with lung-related health issues, its detrimental effects on oral health are equally alarming. Whether through chewing or smoking, tobacco poses significant risks to your mouth and teeth. Let's delve into how tobacco can affect your oral health and why quitting is imperative.

Chewing Tobacco

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that individuals who chew tobacco increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by a staggering 50 times. Chewing tobacco dissolves the gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots and providing an ideal environment for bacterial growth, which can accelerate decay. If you're currently using chewing tobacco, we encourage you to seek guidance from our experienced oral health team on preserving your mouth's well-being.


According to the AGD, smoking one pack of cigarettes a day can result in the loss of two teeth per decade of your life. Smoking significantly increases the likelihood of tooth loss and contributes to staining, compromising the appearance of your smile. Whether through cigarettes or cigars, smoking poses substantial risks to your oral health.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can manifest in various areas of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, and gums. While individuals over 50 and men face increased risks of oral cancer, recent trends indicate a rising prevalence among individuals under 30, according to the AGD. Regular oral health examinations are essential for early detection, especially for tobacco users. Schedule an appointment with us for a comprehensive oral health examination and inquire about an oral cancer screening. These screenings are quick and can detect irregularities in your mouth, teeth, and cheeks. Early detection significantly improves the prognosis of oral cancer.

Quitting Tobacco

If you're a tobacco user, we strongly advise you to quit. Our professional dental team, in collaboration with your healthcare provider, can provide support and resources to help you overcome tobacco addiction. Regular oral health examinations are crucial for everyone, but particularly vital for tobacco users. Schedule a visit to our office, where we can partner with you to address any potential oral health issues and support your journey toward a tobacco-free life.

For more tips on maintaining oral health or to schedule your next visit to our office, please contact Lockney Dental today. Your smile deserves the best care, and we're here to help you achieve optimal oral health.

Lockney Dental
Phone: 704-788-4144
219 Branchview Dr NE
Concord, NC 28025