Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away earlier this week at the age of 54 after battling salivary gland cancer, which he believed was caused by his use of smokeless tobacco. Gwynn was honest with the public about his cancer battle and his view of the likely causal effect of his dipping habit.
To honor Gwynn’s legacy and drive awareness of the risks of smokeless tobacco, the ADA has made available a MouthHealthy video detailing the damage that smokeless tobacco can cause.
Dentists are encouraged to use this video and the untimely death of Tony Gwynn to visit with patients, particularly teenagers, about the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco use.
For a brief article about Tony’s death and some statistics from the American Cancer Society, click on this article from USA Today.