Health care providers especially your periodontist and even the cigarette pack warnings will tell you that smoking is dangerous to your health. Tobacco use -whether in the form of cigarettes, pipes or smokeless (spit) tobacco- has been linked to many serious diseases including cancers, heart disease, lung disease and gum disease. The study conducted by the Center for Disease Control indicates that 70% of Americans who are 65 years old and above, have periodontitis and tobacco users suffer the most significant risk of them all. Another study performed at the Temple University and published in the Journal of Periodontology last 2000 also showed that 18% of those who smoked cigars or pipe tobacco had moderate to severe gum disease.


How is Smoking Linked to Gum Disease?