What Cigarettes do to Gum Tissue

The chemicals in cigarette smoke impact the way gum tissue cells behave. In particular, these chemicals affect how bone and gum tissue attach to teeth, allowing cigarettes to increase risks for gum disease, tooth loss, and other serious oral health problems.

A team of researchers from Kings College London have recently finished a study on over 300 skulls dating from c. 200-400 AD. In these study samples, gum disease is present in only five percent, despite the lack of basic oral hygiene tools such as toothbrushes available in ancient societies. In Modern times, an estimated 15 to 30 percent of people suffer from chronic gum disease, even with tools such as toothbrushes and dental cleanings – leading researchers to single out cigarette smoking as the largest force behind this increase.

Smoking is terrible for your teeth, gums, and body. The impact this habit has on your oral health cannot be undone by brushing, flossing, or professional dental visits. The only way to reduce risks and prevent future problems is to quit smoking for good. Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young would be honored to provide you with resources that can help you achieve this important goal.

To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Scott Young, DDS today.

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