Participate in the World No Tobacco Day on May 31st

Smoking kills. It has always been known to increase chances of cancer and cause so many health problems. Various government and non-governmental institutions endlessly warn the public about the pitfalls of tobacco smoking and yet there are millions of smokers from all over the world who continue to make tobacco smoking a part of their daily lives. Even the most experienced Chandler dentist would advise you against smoking because of the threat it poses not only to your mouth, teeth, and gums, but also to your overall health.

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners from various countries mark and celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The key objectives are to highlight all the known health risks that are associated with tobacco smoking and to advocate for policies that would help reduce tobacco consumption. For this year’s World No Tobacco Day, WHO and supporting organizations will be calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco.

The Dangers of Tobacco Smoking
Tobacco kills an astounding number of people each year, reaching up to nearly six million individuals. Of this number, 600,000 are alarmingly non-smokers who died from breathing  breathing second-hand smoke, which is more lethal than the tobacco smoke coming straight from the burnt, dried tobacco leaves.

Smoking has been around in America before Christopher Columbus discovered it. Native Americans were already cultivating the tobacco plant and smoked the dried leaves using pipes for both medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Nowadays, there are different kinds of cigarettes and cigars available in the market. Tobacco manufacturers are raking in multi-billion dollar profit each year. In fact, according to the Tobacco Atlas, the top six tobacco manufacturers in 2010 have managed to earn USD 35.1 billion in profit, which is equal to the combined annual profits of Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Microsoft in that year.

Tobacco Smoking and Oral Health If you regularly visit your trusted Chandler dentist, then you would have heard by now how smoking is linked to so many oral health problems, including oral cancer. Almost everyone knows that tobacco smoking gives you bad breath, but not all realize the real dangers that come with the use of tobacco. There are so many negative effects that it far outweighs whatever benefits it may have.

The first is oral cancer. A chain smoker can easily develop teeth discoloration and increase the chance of developing cavities, which can be treated by a respected Austin dentist, although it is most at risk for oral cancer. Majority of the people diagnosed with cancer of the mouth have smoked tobacco at one period in their lives. The death rate for oral cancer is somewhere between 40 and 50 percent.

Another negative side effect of tobacco smoking is periodontal (gum) disease. If left untreated, it can worsen and result to a receding of the gums from the teeth that can ultimately expose the roots of the teeth. It also increases the chances of tooth decay. Lastly,  tobacco smoking can disrupt the normal flow of blood to the gums, interrupting the mouth’s healing process.

Every pack of cigarette has a clear and visible warning that tobacco smoking can kill. In fact, it kills more people than alcohol, vehicular accidents, and firearm related incidents combined. Before it takes lives, smoking makes the body suffer as the smoker succumbs to various diseases including oral health problems that any Austin dentist can attest to. Visit today to schedule an appointment with respected Chandler dentist Dr. Shervin Rahimi, DDS and learn more about oral cancer, periodontal disease, and available treatments for them.