Risk Factors for Gum Disease: Smoking and Tobacco

Today we continue our series on the risk factors associated with gum disease. We are committed to help preserve your smile and that means taking excellent care of your gums for life! In addition to advanced age, another risk factor for periodontal disease is smoking and the use of tobacco.

Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. Like dental care, the easiest way to manage the impact of tobacco is prevention. If you’re not currently smoking or using tobacco, don’t start! If you do use tobacco products, we recommend quitting. You can get help from support groups, your physician, or consider an e-cigarette.

If you do smoke and plan to continue, be advised that you should schedule more regular cleanings and always use excellent dental care at home. Your gums and the future of your smile depend on it! If you have questions about periodontal disease and smoking, contact Dr. Maryam Brazdo today!