Smoking and Gum Disease: The Increased Risks

Aside from countless other smoking-related health risks, research shows that smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and their cases are more serious than those of nonsmokers. Bone loss, gum recession, and tartar (hardened plaque) all contribute to gum disease and are common among users of tobacco. If the excessive plaque is not removed, the gums become infected and pull away from the teeth. Researchers believe that nicotine and other substances in tobacco may weaken the body’s immune response to harmful bacteria and reduce blood flow to the gums. As the bacteria in plaque attacks the tissues and bone that support the teeth, the stage is set for loosened teeth and tooth loss, which is also more common among smokers than nonsmokers.


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