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how does tobacco affect the teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Some thoughts...: Periodontal disease causes the gums to recede, and smokers have a higher incidence of periodontitis. Inhaled toxins, irritating hot smoke, decreased salivary flow resulting in dry mouth and an increase of calculus, delayed healing, and constricted blood vessels all are factors. Dry mouth also results in higher caries rate. Higher incidence of oral cancer of the soft tissues.
Answered on Mar 20, 2015

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