Tobacco Use

Children's Dental Health Center and Tobacco Use Prevention

We specialize in children's dentistry near Broken Arrow OK and Tulsa OK at Kids Dental. While most of our patients have not reached the age of smoking yet (and we hope they never do) we do see teens that "dip" or use other forms of smokeless tobacco (like vaping). The negative tobacco effects on your oral health are just as tremendous as they are on other parts of your body. As a pediatric dentist we feel that the best way to get the message out is to give parents the information that they need about the effects of tobacco to hep prevent their children from picking up the habit in the future.

The List of Problems

Typically, the negative effects of smoking are well-known, but it is not only smoking that causes damage, smokeless tobacco can be just as damaging. Tobacco is chock full of cancer causing agents that are well documented and can cause:

  • Oral cancer
  • Inhibit oral healing
  • Gum disease
  • Increase in tooth decay
  • An increase in mouth lesions
  • And more

Overall tobacco is one of the worst substances you can put in your body and has a negative impact on every area of your body including your oral health.

Preventing Tobacco Use

One of the best things you can do for your child's overall health is to show them the way by taking care of yourself, including not using tobacco products. Children learn by watching the adults in their life navigate their own lives. Be frank with your child and discuss the potential harm that tobacco products can have on their body. Use visual tools to explain the real-life consequences of smoking, there are pictures and graphs all over the internet. Tobacco use can be life altering, promote a no tolerance stance! Contact us for more information!