Packing a lipper means introducing a toxic, foreign object into your mouth, which, of course, influences your oral health. Anyone who has been using snus for a long time may notice:
- Receding gums
- Exposed tooth necks or roots
This makes it easier for bacteria to accumulate in the space between the teeth and gums, which in turn increases the risk of gum diseases such as:
Bear in mind that tobacco discolours teeth; the teeth of a heavy snus-user often has a yellow or grayish hue.
If you quit snus, you gain yet another advantage besides the health related ones: a whiter and more natural smile. Aesthetic appeal aside, it can also give you your self-confidence back. Many people with discolored teeth feel insecure about smiling and avoid showing their teeth to others. Getting your smile back can do great things for your self-esteem.
Additionally, those who use snus often have bad breath because snus irritates the mucous membranes on the inside of the lip. The mucous membranes become hardened and ribbed, making it easier for bacteria to accumulate there. This will in turn cause the scent of your breath to deteriorate considerably, a problem primarily affecting the people around you. If you hold off on the snus, the mucous membranes will eventually recover and you’ll get a better bacterial balance in your mouth as well as fresher breath.