Smokeless tobacco products are addictive. They are not risk-free alternatives to smoking. And they are harmful to your body. They can lead to:
White patches or red sores in your mouth, called leukoplakia. They can turn into mouth cancer (oral cancer) involving the lip, tongue, or cheek.
Tooth loss and other dental problems.
Gum disease. Your gums may pull away from your teeth and not grow back.
Quitting smokeless tobacco has benefits you can see. Your mouth sores should slowly start to go away. Your gums should begin to look healthier. Seeing these changes may motivate you to stay tobacco-free.
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