By Thomas Warner, DDS
"Dip" ... "Chew" ... "Pinch" ... "Snuff" ... "Dirt" ... "Plug" ... all are different names for smokeless tobacco, a finely ground version of processed tobacco. No matter the name, smokeless tobacco is harmful and puts your health at risk. Chew on these facts (Don't believe it? Talk to dentists):
Smokeless tobacco has been glorified over time by images of "macho" men performing feats of fame and prowess, whether as athletes, rodeo cowboys, or country music stars. In reality, many want to kick the habit, but nicotine is addictive. It's hard for them to quit.
In a survey of major league baseball players, more than a third reported they had mouth sores, white patches, or gum problems. Nearly 60% said they wanted to quit. The nicotine actually decreases performance, causing dizziness and slowed reaction time.
Smokeless tobacco causes problems for your oral health:
Additionally, smokeless tobacco can affect your general health causing:
If you use smokeless tobacco, chew all these facts over. Choose to quit. Your health is serious business. Talk to dentists about getting help to quit. Make the right choice -- it's for your body, your health, and maybe even your life.