Oral Health and Tobacco

Tobacco use affects the health of your teeth and mouth! Tobacco use reduces the blood flow to your gums, depriving them of oxygen and the nutrients they need, leaving them vulnerable to bacterial infections. 

Smoking and chewing tobacco cause:

  • bad breath
  • discoloured teeth
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay
  • mouth sores
  • oral cancer

If you notice a sore in your mouth that does not heal within two weeks, please seek help from a medical or dental professional.

There are options to help you quit tobacco; nicotine replacement therapy, like the patch and gum, double your chances of successfully quitting.

For help with quitting tobacco, visit your local health centre, email [email protected] or phone 1-866-368-7848.