Tobacco - Never Cool!

Tobacco is harmful in any form. It is necessary to inform your child of the dangers it poses.

Even though cigarette use among teens may be on the decline, the use of smokeless or chewing tobacco among teens is on the rise. Though smokeless tobacco (snuff or chew) seems to be a less dangerous alternative, it is no less harmful than traditional cigarettes. Once started, it may be even harder to quit than traditional cigarettes. The key addictive agent in any tobacco product is nicotine, and a single can of chewing tobacco can contain as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes! That’s three whole packs!

Best Dentist 4 Kids NoSmokingEven mild use of smokeless or chewing tobacco can lead to periodontal disease and pre-cancerous white lesions. If your child is a tobacco user, or you suspect them of using, you should watch for the the following indicators of periodontal disease:

1. A sore that won’t heal.

2. White or leathery patches on the lips, and on/under the tongue.

3. Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.

4. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue.

Early signs of periodontal illness and cancer are not painful and are often ignored. If not caught during the early stages, treatment may lead to disfiguration, or even prove ineffective. Bottom line - Smoking is Gross! Even if you’re a smoker, you must know that you’re child will live a more healthy and productive life if you educate them about the harms of tobacco and remain a vigilant parent in the fight to decrease the use of tobacco products among Philadelphia’s youth.