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Effect of Smoking on Teeth and Gums

11/09/2006

Question:

What kind of problems can smoking cause for teeth and gums?

Answer:

Smoking can potentially cause many problems. They range from bad breath to oral cancer.

I will list the most common problems:

(1) bad breath

(2) staining of the teeth

(3) more rapid development of tarter

(4) affect the attachment of bone & soft tissue to the teeth. ie: receeding gums which can cause sensitvity to hot & cold

(5) delayed healing

(6) six times more likely to develope Oral Cancer

(7) periodontal disease

The verdict, Don't Smoke.

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Response by:

James H Houston, DDS James H Houston, DDS
Instructor of Community Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University