At Covington Family Dentistry in Little Rock, we understand the critical importance of maintaining your oral health. While the adverse effects of tobacco on the lungs are well known, its impact on oral health is equally concerning. Whether you chew or smoke tobacco, the risks to your teeth and mouth are extensive. Let’s explore how tobacco use can affect your oral health and why it’s crucial to seek support for quitting.

Chewing Tobacco

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), individuals who chew tobacco increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by an alarming 50 times. Tobacco’s corrosive nature can dissolve gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots and creating an ideal environment for bacterial growth, which can accelerate decay. If you’re currently using chewing tobacco, we urge you to stop and consult our experienced oral health team for guidance on preserving your mouth’s well-being.


The detrimental effects of smoking on oral health are significant. Research from the AGD suggests that smoking one pack of cigarettes a day can result in the loss of two teeth per decade. Moreover, smoking elevates the likelihood of tooth loss and contributes to staining, detracting from the appearance of your smile. Whether through cigarettes or cigars, smoking poses substantial risks to your oral health.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can manifest in various areas of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, and gums. While individuals over 50 and men face increased risks of oral cancer, recent trends indicate a rising prevalence among individuals under 30, according to the AGD. Routine oral health examinations are essential for early detection, especially for tobacco users. Consider scheduling an appointment with us for a thorough examination and asking about an oral cancer screening. These screenings are quick and can detect irregularities in your mouth, teeth, and cheeks. Early detection significantly improves the prognosis of oral cancer.

Quitting Tobacco

If you’re a tobacco user, we strongly encourage you to quit. Our professional dental team, in collaboration with your healthcare provider, can provide support and resources to help you overcome tobacco addiction. Regular oral health examinations are crucial for everyone, but particularly vital for tobacco users. Schedule a visit to our office, where we can partner with you to address any potential oral health issues and support your journey toward a tobacco-free life.

For additional tips on maintaining oral health or to schedule your next visit to our office, please don’t hesitate to contact Covington Family Dentistry in Little Rock. Your smile deserves the best care, and we’re here to help you achieve optimal oral health.

Covington Family Dentistry
Phone: (501) 221-3400
904 Autumn Road Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72211