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Dental Fact Friday: Effects of Smoking on Dental Health

April 27, 2014

Dental Fact Friday:  Effects of Smoking on Dental Health

Most people know that smoking has many implications, ranging from heart disease and cancer to birth defects and miscarriage. Smoking also makes its impact on the mouth as well. It is one of the major risk factors of gum disease, which oftentimes leads to bone loss, loose teeth, and bad breath. Smoking greatly slows down healing and is a major cause of possible dental implant failure. Last but not least, it may lead to oral cancer as well. It is vital that patients are periodically screened by their dentists for oral cancer lesions.

Now what happens if you take the steps to quit smoking? In terms, of overall health, within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke could fall to about the same as a nonsmoker’s. Your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within 5 years. A recent study reported that people who had quit smoking 11 years before had about the same rate of periodontal disease as people who never smoked. If quitting seems impossible, even reducing the amount of smoking will have a positive effect. One study found that people who smoked more than a pack and a half per day were six times more likely to have periodontal disease than nonsmokers. Meanwhile, patients who smoked less than half a pack per day had only three times the risk. For more information on smoking and help with smoking recession, patients are advised to speak with their dental and medical providers. 

Dr. Tatyana Oks of Farhoumand Dental