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  • Untreated cavity: I have a deep cavity and I have a hole in it.

    I was told that if I keep smoking marijuana the smoke can go in and cause an infection, possibly even cancer. Is this true? ...Visitor from New Mexico

    A cavity is a manifestation of an infection that is slowly destroying the tooth structure. The enamel has been breached.

    If you have a "hole" that seems to enter the softer tooth pulp area, the destruction of the tooth will likely accelerate.

    Smoke from marijuana contains a variety of toxins which may or may not be carcinogenic (cancer producing).

    Since marijuana is "mostly" an uncontrolled substance, there is no way of accurately knowing if carcinogens are present, as they are in common cigarettes.

    Not getting a filling will result in the loss of the tooth.

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