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Schweiz Monatsschr Zahnmed. 2009;119(11):1095-109.

[Smokeless tobacco: a new risk factor for oral health? A review].

[Article in French, German]

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Klinik für Oralchirurgie und Stomatologie, Zahnmedizinische Kliniken der Universität Bern.


Due to migration of different ethnic groups, mainly from Africa and Asia, into Switzerland, many traditional products and habits that have not been seen before were also introduced. Smokeless tobacco (ST)--as one of those habits--is a product of increased use in Switzerland, although no sound epidemiological data are presently available. Numerous studies from North-America, Sweden, Asia and Africa could verify the carcinogenic potency of smokeless tobacco and its effects in the developement of oral cancer and different systemic disorders. For dental professionals and their team it is important to detect ST-associated lesions, and to tell the patients about the potential harmful sequelae of ST products. The present review focusses on the different types of RT products and their effects on oral health.

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