A recent study shows that smoking causes the body to turn against its own helpful bacteria, leaving smokers more vulnerable to gum disease. The healthy mouth contains a stable ecosytem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic ecosystem. It is much more susceptible to invasion by harmful bacteria making smokers much more likely to suffer gum inflammation and bone loss around natural teeth or dental implants.
Assistant professor of periodontology at Ohio State University, Purnima Kumar states "The smoker's mouth kicks out the good bacteria, and the pathogens are called in. So they are allowed to proliferate much more quickly than they would in a non-smoking environment."
The results suggest that dentists should offer more agressive treatment options for smokers and have good reason to suggest quitting smoking. For more information visit www.DesertSmiles.com.
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