Does smoking affect the condition of my gums?
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that indicates that smoking has an additive affect on the progression of periodontal disease (gum disease). According to the American Dental Association, in 2004, the U.S. surgeon general concluded that the scientific evidence was sufficient to infer a causal relationship between tobacco and periodontal disease. Conversely, it has been demonstrated in numerous studies that smoking cessation leads to improved periodontal health and improved response to periodontal therapy, thus improving overall health.
An interesting side note is that according to the American Dental Association, there is research showing that secondhand smoke can also increase the risk of periodontal disease.
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