Periodontal Disease and Tobacco use

woman breaking the habitYou are probably familiar with the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer and heart disease. But tobacco users also have a higher rate of gum disease.

Tobacco can irritate the gums and cause gum pain. It also contributes to a higher incidence of calculus formation on the teeth, deeper pockets between the gums and the teeth and a greater loss of bone and fibers that hold teeth in the mouth. In short, you’re more likely to suffer oral health problems and need gum surgery.

If you care about your health, please break the habit and quit tobacco use.