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Periodontal Disease & Tobacco
Posted on 8/20/2017 by Dr. Karl Zeren
You are probably familiar with the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer, and heart disease. Current studies have now linked progressive or difficult to control periodontal disease with tobacco usage. These cases may be more severe than those of non-users of tobacco. There are more than 4,000 different toxins in cigarette smoke. Toxins impair the body’s defense mechanisms, which can leave smokers more susceptible to infections like periodontal diseases. In fact, smokers are about four times more likely to develop advanced periodontal diseases than people who have never smoked. In addition, your chance of developing oral cancer increases with the use of tobacco products. Chemicals in tobacco such as nicotine and tar significantly alter a person’s healing response. This frequently slows the healing process and often makes surgical procedures much less predictable whether in the oral cavity or in other parts of the body. Other toxins in the cigarette smoke severely impair a person’s immune response therefore increasing the risk of infection. Other problems caused by tobacco include: Lung disease, heart disease, cancer, mouth sores, gum recession, loss of bone and teeth, bad breath, tooth staining, less success with periodontal treatment ,and with dental implants. Quitting tobacco use will significantly reduce the chance of developing the above problems. We can assist you with several successful programs for smoking cessation.

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