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Tobacco Makes Your Mouth Unhealthy

Using tobacco is always bad news, including for your teeth and gums. Get help with quitting.

Tobacco increases your risk for many diseases, such as oral cancer. Chewing tobacco and any kind of smoking (cigarettes, cigars, or pipes) can cause cancers of the lip, tongue, cheeks, mouth, sinuses, and throat.

Any kind of tobacco use raises your risk of gum disease and makes gum disease worse. Smokers are more likely to lose teeth.

Using tobacco in any way can cause:

  • Cavities
  • Bone loss
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth sores
  • Hairy tongue
  • Stained teeth
  • Shrinking gums
  • Decreased taste and smell

Free Programs to Quit Tobacco

  • There are many free programs to help you quit tobacco on your terms. Here are a few that are available nationwide:
  • The 1-800-QUIT-NOW Quit Line offers free confidential coaching
  • Or go online for and
  • Try the SmokefreeTXT texting program
  • Or use the free quitSTART app

State and local governments also offer free help, including medicine that makes quitting easier. You can do this!

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