Dip is a form of smokeless tobacco cut finer than regular chewing tobacco. Dip addiction is also known as moist snuff addiction. It usually occurs after the regular use of smokeless tobacco. Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums. A gum disease from dip addiction develops because there’s a placement of the dip between the bottom lip and gums for extended periods of time. Meaning the tobacco and the gums come into contact. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact a specialist to prevent further complications.
Dip has much more nicotine as compared to cigarettes. In comparison, 8-10 dips equates to smoking 30-40 cigarettes. The contents in the tobacco reduces blood flow to the gums, in turn, depriving them oxygen and nutrients that lead to healthy gums, thus the occurrence of gum disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is characterized by the following:
>Bad breath that does not go away
>Experiencing pain while chewing
>Loose of teeth/teeth that look longer due to receded gums
>Gums that are swollen and red in color
Treatment of gum disease
Varies depending on the extent of the disease. The main goal is to control the infection since the damage done cannot be undone especially if it’s far much gone. It involves among them:
>Prescribed Medications an example is Enzyme suppresant, Oral antibiotics, Antibiotic gel among others.
>Withdrawal of the Dip-which is a process it being an addiction. The following measures can be done:
– Nicotine replacement therapies-using products that contain nicotine.
-Nicotine –free quit aids an example, Zyban and Chantix
-Use of Lobelia as a quit aid
Gum disease from dip addiction can best be controlled by the withdrawal of dip usage. This should be done by the individual themselves so that it can be successful.