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|As if the risk of stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer weren't enough, smokers also need to be aware of the risks smoking can pose to their oral health.|
As if the risk of stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer weren't enough, smokers also need to be aware of the risks smoking can pose to their oral health.
Tobacco products, including chewing and pipe tobacco, interfere with the normal function of gum cells, impairing blood flow to the gums and making them more prone to infections and slower to heal from wounds. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), smoking may be the cause of nearly 75% of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, but it doesn't just affect the teeth: gum disease has also been scientifically linked to heart disease.
Gum disease is just the beginning of the oral health risks smokers face. People who smoke are also at risk for the following oral health issues:
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