Ladies —Here’s One More Good Reason to Quit

lady 200It’s no surprise that smoking is bad for you, for so many reasons, including the fact that smoking is associated with tooth loss. But here’s one more bit of bad tobacco news: In a University at Buffalo study of postmenopausal women, heavy smokers (at least 26 years of smoking or the equivalent of a pack of day for 26 years) were six times as likely to lose a tooth due to periodontal disease, as compared to those who never smoked.

Nicotine has been found to reduce bone density. Also, women who smoke have lower levels of estrogen hormones. Maintaining great oral health practices, such as brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist more frequently helps. But putting out that cigarette is critical if you want to maintain a healthy smile.