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Smoking and Gum Disease

Smoking has an overwhelming adverse effect in gum disease. Smokers are up to 6 times at greater risk to getting gum disease compared to non-smokers. Smokers, in general, lose more teeth than non-smokers over a period of time and they do not respond as well to gum treatment as do non-smokers. The biological basis for this is that smoking reduces the healing capacity of an individual and also reduces the immune response capacity of a person. One of the symptoms of gum disease which a patient may experience is bleeding from the gums whilst brushing. In smokers, the blood vessels become smaller in diameter so they get less bleeding from the gums when they brush, even though they may have significant amounts of gum disease. Therefore, smoking can”mask” the gum disease. Smoking also has an adverse effect on dental implants, such that the failure rate of dental implants can be three times greater in smokers compared to non-smokers.

Therefore smokers should:

  • Quit smoking - There are different ways to achieve this including nicotine patches and medication such as Zyban. These should be done with the help of a doctor. Other alternatives include Hypnosis and acupuncture.
  • Have regular visits to the dentist / Periodontist (if required).

If you are unsure, please talk to your dentist or Periodontist