Reports from the American Cancer Society estimates that around ninety percent of individuals who are diagnosed with oral cancer (cancer that affects the mouth, the throat, the tongue and the lips) have used tobacco. Similarly, the risk of oral cancer is six times higher among individuals who smoke compared to those who don’t smoke. The risk of oral cancer depends largely on the duration of your use of tobacco. In the other words, the longer you smoke or use tobacco, the higher your risk of getting oral cancer.
Some people often justify that using other forms of tobacco aside from smoking is safer. This is not true, in fact, tobacco regardless of its form has the same amount of risks and it is difficult to figure which among those is worse than the other whether tobacco is inhaled, smoked or chewed.
The bottom line of it all is that if you expose yourself to tobacco regardless of its form on a regular basis you are deliberately compromising your health. Pipe smokers, although they may not smoke as much, can still contract cancer of the lips since they are holding the pipe on the same position on their lips. There’s also a misleading myth that chewing tobacco poses fewer risks. Again, this has not been proven to be true.
According to reports, people who chew tobacco are at 4 to 6 times greater risk of getting oral cancer compared to individuals who do not use tobacco. Individuals who use smokeless tobacco are also at high risk of getting cavities and tooth decay because there are also certain chewing tobaccos that contain sugar to make it sweet and we all know sugar causes cavities.
To avoid such occurrences, it is suggestive that you brush your teeth regularly and see your dentist at least twice a year.