Does Smoking Cause Your Teeth To Drop Out?

by Englishman 16 Replies latest jw friends

  • Englishman

    Sat last night with 3 smokers in their 50's. All were complaining about their teeth and how they were becoming very loose and how many had all ready lost several teeth by dint of them literally just becoming loose and then falling out.


  • Dan-O

    Started smoking at 18. I'm 40 now. I still have all 32 teeth.

    I'll report back when I'm in my 50s.

  • DazedAndConfused

    LOL Englishman. One of the stereotypical (sp?) things I have heard about people from England is their bad teeth. Never been there myself.

  • EvilForce

    Smoking may be responsible for more than half of the cases of periodontal disease among adults in this country, according to a new study published in the Journal of Periodontology. The study found that current smokers are about four times more likely than people who have never smoked to have advanced periodontal disease.

    The study also found that there is a dose-response relationship between cigarettes smoked per day and the odds of periodontitis. "Smokers who smoked less than a half a pack per day were almost three times more likely than nonsmokers to have periodontitis. Those who smoked more than a pack and a half per day had almost six times the risk,"

    Tobacco's negative effect on periodontal health is well documented. Smoking interferes with healing, making smokers more likely to not respond to treatment and to loose teeth. "Tobacco use reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to gingival tissue," explains Robert Genco, D.D.S., Ph.D., editor of the Journal of Periodontology. "Smoking impairs the body's defense mechanisms, making smokers more susceptible to an infection like periodontal disease."

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  • Dan-O

    EF, you're just a ray of freakin' sunshine, ya know that? :-P

  • EvilForce

    Well last week a JW apologist wanted me to change my name to EvilCupcake or EvilRainbow.... maybe I should be EvilSunshine ? LOL

  • horrible life
    horrible life

    People who smoke have a higher incidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the bone. The bone is destroyed by the infection. thus the tooth gets loose.

    Periodontal disease does not hurt. It is a progressive disease. Most of the time slow and steady. It does have its indications. The major indicator is bleeding gums when your brush properly and floss. Smokers tissue (gums) are tough, kinda like a scar tissue. There tissue alot of times looks pretty and pink. Not red, puffy, and bleeding. But when you measure the pocket, (with a probe) (ruler) to see how deep the pocket is, instead of 2-3 mm deep, you will find it is 6+mm deep. This usually spells the end of the tooth. You can put your fingernail between your tooth and gum. This is the pocket.

    Smokers seem to also collect more calculus. Why? My personal opinion is that (alot of ) smokers don't clean their teeth very well.

    The more plaque and calculus (tarter) that gets into the pocket, the more infection, and the deeper the pocket gets. The deeper the pocket, the more plaque and calculus gets in. Its an vicious cycle, until you loose your teeth.

    What can help you from losing your teeth? Brush your teeth for 2 minutes 2x day. Floss, Floss. Floss. The purpose of flossing is to brush where the brush won't reach.

    Read the instructions on the back of the floss carton. Yes, there is a correct way to floss. Last but not least, to save your teeth, See your Dentist, and your lovely Dental Hygienist 2x a year. HL Any more questions, just ask, This is right up my alley. Thank you Evil Force.!!

  • MidwichCuckoo

    Well, my Nan NEVER smoked all her life, but when she died, age 102, she was completely toothless. Amazing.

  • Dan-O

    "Smokers seem to also collect more calculus."

    And tobacco chewers seem to collect more trigonometry. Go figure.

  • under74

    You know I heard that smokers had worse teeth so the last time I went to the dentist I asked her. She said studies indicated there was higher risk to the teeth and gums with smoking but I should be more concerned about brushing my teeth too hard.

    Brushing off the enamel makes things bad all around.

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