Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
While the image of a puffy-cheeked ball player might first come to mind when mentioning chewing ("spit") tobacco, the reality is that smokeless tobacco is also a daily habit to millions of everyday North Americans, both young and old.
It's important to know that, just because chewing tobacco is smokeless, it's far from harmless. In fact, because of the practice of "chewing" and "dipping," tobacco and its juices are left in contact within and around the oral cavity for extended periods of time, subjecting users to an increased risk of mouth and other cancers.
From a cosmetic perspective, whether you smoke or use chewing tobacco, expect to develop tobacco stains on your teeth. Frequent cleanings by a dental professional are absolutely vital and will certainly help delay deep staining, but, occasionally, some of the tobacco stains will seep into the pores of your tooth enamel, and turn whole teeth a darker color.
If your teeth are already stained by nicotine, you'll want to find out how to best bring them back to a brighter, whiter appearance. Please call 734-425-4530 for an appointment so we can assess the severity of the staining, and provide options that may involve something as simple as tooth whitening, or perhaps the application of veneers, which will not only provide a whiter appearance, but also straighten and correct any slight imperfections in your teeth.