While the severe health risks of chewing and smoking tobacco are widely known, the detrimental effects on oral health are often overlooked. At Aya Zaky DDS, serving Waverly and surrounding areas, we’re committed to educating our patients about the risks associated with tobacco use and how it can affect their oral health.

Chewing Tobacco

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), individuals who use chewing tobacco increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by an alarming 50 times. Chewing tobacco not only dissolves the gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots, but it also creates an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, ultimately resulting in decay. If you’re using chewing tobacco, we encourage you to seek guidance from our experienced oral health team on how to maintain the health of your mouth.


The AGD reports that smoking one pack of cigarettes a day can lead to the loss of two teeth per decade of your life. Smoking significantly increases the likelihood of tooth loss and contributes to staining, which affects the appearance of your smile. Both cigarettes and cigars pose serious risks to your oral health, making it essential to quit smoking for the sake of your teeth and overall well-being.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can develop in several areas of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, 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. Regular oral health examinations are crucial for early detection, especially for tobacco users. Schedule an appointment with us for a comprehensive oral health examination and inquire 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 advise you to quit. Our professional dental team, along with your healthcare provider, can provide support and resources to help you overcome tobacco addiction. Regular oral health examinations are vital for everyone, but especially 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 more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit to our office, please contact Aya Zaky DDS today. Your oral health is our top priority, and we’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Aya Zaky DDS
Phone: 517-321-2358
5001 W Saint Joe Hwy, Suite 2
Lansing, MI 48917