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Smoking cigarettes can increase your risk for a variety of diseases and health conditions, like heart disease and periodontitis in Denver. Unfortunately, some people are unaware that using smokeless tobacco can present many of the same risks. Watch this video to learn about the risks of using smokeless tobacco.

Like smoking cigarettes or cigars, using smokeless tobacco can irritate your gums and cause them to recede, which eventually exposes the fragile roots of your teeth. This can lead to a host of dental issues such as tooth decay, sensitivity to temperature, and gum disease. Using any form of tobacco can also increase your risk for oral cancer, which may be indicated by the presence of red, white, or grey patches in the mouth. If you have trouble speaking or chewing properly or you experience numbness or tenderness in the mouth, visit your dentist immediately to be screened for oral cancer.