Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health
  • Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and other forms of tobacco cause oral cancer, gum disease, and other oral health problems.1
  • Untreated tooth decay is higher in people who smoke cigarettes. Over 40% of adults aged 20 to 64 who currently smoke cigarettes have untreated tooth decay.2
  • Adults aged 65 or older who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay as those who never smoked.2
  • About 43% of adults aged 65 or older who currently smoke cigarettes have lost all of their teeth.2
  • Use of smokeless tobacco is associated with increased risks of oral cancer and can cause white or gray patches inside the mouth (e.g., oral leukoplakia).3
  • Health care providers in a variety of settings play a critical role in helping people quit using tobacco.

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