When we take into consideration that cigarette smoke is made up of 4800 chemicals, with 69 of those being carcinogens, and the fact that each and every one of these chemicals is being entering directly into our mouths it doesn’t come as a surprise that a connection can be found between the use of tobacco and periodontal disease.
Smoking cuts down the level of oxygen and nutrients that reach the gingival tissue which results in unnecessarily prolonged periodontal treatment. Not only that, but the 4800 chemicals mentioned above are reaching and affecting the entire body which makes healing as a general bodily function take longer. So you can see how tobacco use is definitely one significant route to getting and/or keeping periodontal disease.
If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. In order to protect your smile you have to recognize that it’s not strictly a cosmetic issue – there’s the health factor which has to be addressed, too. Let’s take a closer look at some statistics.
According to a study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, smokers who weren’t even smoking half a pack of cigarettes per day had a three times higher likelihood of having periodontitis over those who didn’t smoke at all. And inclusive in this study smokers who had a pack and a half per day habit were found to be six times more likely to get periodontitis than those who didn’t smoke.
It’s safe to say that smoking cigarettes can be one hundred percent linked to developing periodontal disease and the progression of it. However, you might be wondering about tobacco use that doesn’t require smoking. Apparently, per recent studies, even smokeless tobacco use is a serious factor in the development of periodontal disease.
So it doesn’t quite matter how it’s used, tobacco use is recognized as a major component in terms of poor oral health.