Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Smokeless Tobacco, and Your Health

The recent death of 54 year old San Diego Padre's baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, is a reminder of the importance of oral health and regular check ups to help prevent salivary gland cancer, which took Tony's life. The carcinogens in tobacco affect you whether you are a smoker, chewer, or a dipper. There is a strong correlation between chewing tobacco and a higher risk of oral cancer. Evidence shows that direct contact with the tobacco can even predict the location where the disease begins.

During this time of loss of our Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, Dr. Reece wants to remind everyone to practice good oral health by brushing, flossing and scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist.

Dr. Reece believes great health is the greatest wealth and encourages ceasing tobacco habits that continue to be associated with serious and life threatening health problems.