While we hope this is not the case for your child, studies show that the chance of teens experimenting with tobacco and smoking is quite high. Tobacco can negatively affect the mouth and teeth, along with the rest of the body. Learn more below about tobacco usage in Tucson, Arizona, and call Oro Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 520-297-5900 to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Nathan Sprenger or Dr. Andrew Stucki.

Using tobacco can cause a wide variety of issues throughout the entire body that will affect your health and quality of life. Some of those problems are:

  • Oral cancer
  • Higher risk of periodontal disease
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Reduced ability to heal
  • Discoloration in your teeth

Unfortunately, smoking and tobacco usage are one of the leading causes of death, but fortunately, it is also a very preventable problem. Here are a few ways to help your teen avoid tobacco products:

  • Make sure they know the dangers of tobacco
  • Keep a close eye on your child
  • Have a health professional teach your child about tobacco and oral health
  • Be a good example and avoid tobacco usage yourself

If you want to learn more about tobacco usage and how it effects your oral health, please call our office today and schedule an appointment with our dentists.