SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI-We would like to invite any of our patients who use tobacco to improve their oral health and prevent disease by quitting on May 31, the annual World No Tobacco Day in the U.S.
“Most people know the long-term, adverse effects tobacco products have on their health, but they might not realize the extent of the imminent danger tobacco poses for their oral health,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett.
The World Health Organization uses the event as part of their Tobacco Free Initiative, whose goal is to significantly reduce the toll of tobacco-related diseases and deaths around the world. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. It is second only to hypertension as the leading cause of death worldwide and is responsible for one in 10 adults’ deaths. Last year, more than five million people died from a tobacco-related heart attack, stroke, cancer, lung ailment or other disease.
“Tobacco use and its lethal effects are an epidemic that we wish our patients would avoid,” says Dr. Marc Barnett, who has been at the Springfield, MO periodontist‘s practice for more than 25 years. (more…)