Study Dispels Myth That Snuff Reduces The Risk Of Cavities

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A study has dispelled the myth that snuff reduces the risk of cavities.

There was some suggestion that using snuff could help to reduce cavities; however, a recent study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, has found that using snuff can actually increase the risk of cavities because it contains carbohydrates and starch.

Researchers also suggested that snuff users need to take more care of their oral health, due to the carbohydrate and starch content of snuff; starch causes the bacteria in plaque to release harmful plaque acids, which attack the enamel, increasing the risk of decay and acid erosion.

The research team analysed certain snuff products only and information is specific to these products alone and not snuff in general.

The study also found that the number of people that smoke has decreased in the last two years, while the number of people using snuff has increased in the same time period. Researchers also found that single men are more likely to smoke than married men.

 

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