Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss | Overviews of Diseases/Conditions | Tips From Former Smokers | CDC

Do you still smoke?….Do you still have your teeth? It’s no longer debatable whether it will harm you or not, It’s a fact, Smoke and you will suffer!

You can deny and make excuses for smoking all you want but, in reality, there is no excuse for smoking!

How Is Smoking Related to Gum Disease?

Smoking weakens your body’s infection fighters (your immune system). This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal.

What does this mean for me if I am a smoker?

  1.   You have twice the risk for gum disease compared with a nonsmoker.
  2. The more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk for gum disease.
  3. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk for gum disease.
  4. Treatments for gum disease may not work as well for people who smoke.
  5. Tobacco use in any form—cigarettes, pipes, and smokeless (spit) tobacco—raises your risk for gum disease.7

Source: Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss | Overviews of Diseases/Conditions | Tips From Former Smokers | CDC

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