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Dental Speak, Defined.

Dentists and Hygienist have a language all their own. This guide breaks down the professional terminology into everyday language.

Smokeless Tobacco

The two main types of smokeless tobacco are chewing tobacco (loose leaf, plug or twist) and snuff (finely ground tobacco that can be dry, moist or packaged). Studies have shown that chewing tobacco, or smokeless tobacco, can lead to gum recession, gum disease and tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco can also cause leukoplakia, a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue of the mouth. (It looks like a white patch on the inside cheek and cannot be scraped off).

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