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Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Indirectly

Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc.
Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be more active, this also applies to gingivitis and periodontal disease. The other component chemicals from the smoke cause irritation and tissue damage.

In brief: Indirectly

Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc.
Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be more active, this also applies to gingivitis and periodontal disease. The other component chemicals from the smoke cause irritation and tissue damage.
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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not decay perhaps

Smoking is a cause of many problems.
Not so much tooth decay, but it can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. This is because the smoke has so many chemicals in it they aren't healthy for any oral structure. Also, just the heat of the smoke can cause lots of problems. Simply put...If you can quit smoking...Do so. You'll save your health, others health and save $$$.

In brief: Not decay perhaps

Smoking is a cause of many problems.
Not so much tooth decay, but it can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. This is because the smoke has so many chemicals in it they aren't healthy for any oral structure. Also, just the heat of the smoke can cause lots of problems. Simply put...If you can quit smoking...Do so. You'll save your health, others health and save $$$.
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In brief: IRRITANT

Smoking is an irritant to the entire body, especially its localized damage to the oral tissues and teeth.

In brief: IRRITANT

Smoking is an irritant to the entire body, especially its localized damage to the oral tissues and teeth.
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