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Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are all parts of a good oral health routine. However, if you use tobacco or marijuana, you will be undoing all of that hard work with potentially disastrous results.

Smokers and smokeless tobacco users are at a very high risk of oral cancers. The longer and more often you smoke or chew, the greater the risk of developing these cancers, Furthermore, tobacco smoke can also lead to cancer in other parts of the body.

Hookahs, or waterpipes have seen a comeback in recent years. Although hookah bars and pipes may seem interesting and trendy, the practice still involves smoking, often with flavors added to enhance the experience. But people can smoke hookahs for up to 80 minutes, taking up to 200 puffs of tobacco. This greatly increases the chances oral and esophageal cancer and gum disease

Laws regarding marijuana use have been in the news quite a bit. Although some forms of marijuana are legal in some states, it has been linked to periodontal disease.

If you struggle with tobacco use and want to quit, Dr. James Thomason at North Fork Dental Care in Rexburg, Idaho, is here to help. Give us a call at 208-356-3012 today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning, exam and consultation