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4

Smoking and Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

If you’ve never heard a good enough reason to stop smoking, then listen up. Smoking cigarettes can actually cause you to lose your teeth. Patients that suffer from gum disease, who also smoke, have a more difficult, if not impossible time fighting off the infectious condition that destroys the bone support and connecting tissues around teeth. This condition, frequently known as gum disease is also called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Smoking causes a decreased blood flow in the gum tissues around teeth. As a result, the body has an extremely difficult time fighting off infections like gingivitis or gum disease. In the majority of cases, gum disease conditions are consistent or worsen, never improving in smokers. In America, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, causing more people to lose teeth than any other reason, including tooth decay. Bacterial plaque resides under the gumlines, causing the gum tissues to detach from the tooth, and bone structure to be permanently lost. Over time, so much bone is lost that the tooth becomes mobile or experiences gum recession.

Giving up smoking is necessary for people that want to effectively treat their gum disease conditions. Traditional methods such as grafting surgeries or periodontal scaling and root planing are only so effective in a patient that is a tobacco user. Kicking the habit increases healing times and the results of professional treatments.

Even if you’ve tried stopping before, it’s never too late. Ask your dentist or physician about the options available to help increase your odds at tobacco cessation. A variety of methods work for different people, including the use of some prescription medications. Your smile will thank you!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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