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How Smoking Increases the Effects of Gum Disease

Posted on 9/20/2019 by Todd Jorgenson
How Smoking Increases the Effects of Gum DiseaseSmoking is a habit that millions of Americans are struggling with. If you are one of these Americans, it is important that you consider the health effects, including the dental effects that smoking has.

Those that smoke have a higher chance of getting gum disease than those that do not. This is important to think about, because you want to reduce the chances of getting gum disease or making your gum disease worse than it currently is.

Smoking and Gum Disease Issues

A lot of people think about smokers getting lung cancer or other serious diseases, like asthma, emphysema, or other lung issues. However, the majority of long-time smokers actually get gum disease before those other ailments. This is a serious disease that can cause the loss of teeth and even travel to affect the other areas of the body.

More smokers have more tartar and build up than those that do not smoke. In addition to this, the circulatory system may not work as well in someone that smokes compared to someone that doesn't. The decrease of saliva in the mouth can also become a problem and bacteria are more likely to populate inside the mouth. Severe bone loss is another issue that is seen more often in those that were smokers than those that never did.

In theory, it would be ideal for those that smoke to find a way to stop. There are many smoking aids that can be used, and we can recommend some if you want help.

Speak with us today if you think you may have gum disease, or if you'd like to have a treatment plan to help the gum disease you currently have. We do recommend that those that smoke should consider stopping. This can help the person overcome the gum disease and reduce the chances of getting any other health conditions from smoking. Call our office and we would be more than happy to provide a cleaning and exam.

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