My blog recently addressed the issue of how smoking can affect a person’s oral health. A variety of studies show that smokers face more oral health challenges than non-smokers. Today, there is emerging evidence that non-smokers, too, can have their oral health affected by smoking – that is, second-hand smoke.
ScienceDaily reported on March 13 that a new study showing non-smokers experiencing periodontitis because of second-hand smoke was being presented at the International Association for Dental Research’s 93rd General Session. The analysis was taken from the study of 3,255 lifetime non-smokers and was funded by the National Institutes of Health – National institute of Dental and Craniofacila Research.
To review a few salient point from my March 19, 2015, blog entry, smokers are up to six times more prone to gum disease and that ultimately poses the threat of multiple tooth loss.
So, I’m sure you’ve heard it before and will again, but here goes … STOP SMOKING … and avoid second-hand smoke!