Why do baseball players chew tobacco?Dear Dr. Cory:
Why do baseball players chew tobacco?
Danielle Couch Kitchener, Ontario Coordinates: The City of Kitchener (IPA [ˈkɪ.tʃə.nɝ]) is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Canada
Years ago, players didn't want to drink water during a game. They thought it would make them feel too heavy and full. So they chewed tobacco to keep their mouths from getting too dry.
As new players saw older players chewing, they picked up the habit, too.
Now we know that it is good for you to drink water before and during a game. We also know that chewing tobacco chewing tobacco,
n See smokeless tobacco.
chewing tobacco Smokeless tobacco, see there is very bad for you. It can cause cancer of the mouth and throat. Half of the people who get mouth cancer die.
Smokeless tobacco smokeless tobacco,
n chewing tobacco (leaves) or tobacco powder (snuff) that allows the nicotine to be absorbed through the mucous membrane of the oral cavity or digestive tract. It is related to a high risk of oral cancer. can also cause cavities, gum disease gum disease Dentistry Gingival disease, often in the form of gingivitis and bone loss 2º to toxins produced by bacteria in plaque accumulating along the gum line Clinical Early–painless bleeding; pain appears with advanced GD as bone loss around the , and mouth sores.
People who chew tobacco should quit. Instead of tobacco, they can chew gum, sunflower seeds, apple slices, or raisins.
See you next issue!
Cory SerVaas, M.D.