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The job of your Denver dentist is to help you enjoy beautiful and healthy teeth for a lifetime. When you use tobacco products, though, they can compromise the appearance and wellbeing of your smile.

This video explains the extensive impact of tobacco. For one, using cigarettes, cigars, or other tobacco products can greatly increase your danger of oral cancer. Two, they can cause leukoplakia, a condition commonly recognized by whitish growths formed inside the mouth. Three, tobacco products are a major risk factor for gingivitis. Gingivitis is early stage gum disease. This condition may begin as red or tender gums, but it can progress into periodontitis without treatment. Once at this stage, gum disease can cause permanent gum recession, tooth instability, and even tooth loss.