Myth That Snuff Users Today Have Fewer Dental Caries

Myth That Snuff Users Today Have Fewer Dental CariesCurated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from Medical News TodayImage Courtesy of  Flickr – mrtruffle

“It is a myth that snus (Swedish snuff) users today have fewer dental caries…”

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There is apparently a myth in Sweden that snuff users have less problems with cavities than non-snuff users.  The theory is that the nicotine alters the mouth chemistry to reduce cavities.  According to this article reporting on a thesis from the  Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the facts just don’t support the rumor. Snuff users just don’t statistically fare better in avoiding cavities than non-snuff users.  On top of that, there is a bit of bad news for those who use non-nicotine snuff, since it is higher in carbohydrates, which will tend to increase the risk of cavities.  So the bottom line is dip snuff at your own risk!

Dr. Rodney D. Chowning DDS, Dental Implants and General Dentistry, Denton, TX