San Jose Dentist Presents Tobacco Use by the Numbers

the tobacco timebombIf you are a patient of ours or a regular reader of our blog, then you are likely aware that smoking and smokeless tobacco cause damage to more than your lungs; tobacco use can also destroy your oral health. The harmful chemicals in tobacco, of which there are hundreds, interfere with the normal cell function of soft tissue, such as the tissue that lines your mouth and comprises your gums. Oral health risks that accompany tobacco use include gum disease, which is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and oral cancer, which claims the lives of almost half of its victims within five years after its diagnosis.  Patients who smoke tend to heal slower and have more tooth loss and gum infections than non-smokers. To better understand how serious the smoking epidemic has become, San Jose dentist Dr. Randall LaFrom breaks tobacco use and its consequences down to its simplest form—numbers.

The Mathematics of Tobacco Use*

  • 19.3—Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who currently smoke cigarettes (equates to approximately 45.3 million people).
  • 13-14—Years, on average, that smokers die ahead of nonsmokers.
  • 3,800—Children under 18 who smoke their first cigarette, per day.
  • 40,000—Americans diagnosed with oral cancer every year.
  • 6,000,000,000—Cigarettes smoked worldwide in a year.
  • 600,000,000—Cigarettes smoked in the U.S. in a year.
  • 443,000—Lives in America that tobacco use claims in one year.
  • 49,000—Smoke-related deaths in America per year that result from secondhand exposure.
  • 5,000,000—Lives claimed by tobacco use every year, worldwide.

Quitting is the Only Solution

There’s one tobacco statistic that stands slightly apart from those listed above: 69% of smokers admit that they want to quit using tobacco completely. If you’d like help to quit smoking, or would like to learn more about the damage that smoking can cause your physical and oral health, schedule a dental consultation with Dr. LaFrom at our Silicon Valley dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

*All data is for the U.S., and provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

~ by cupertinodentist on December 4, 2012.

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