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How does smoking lead to gum disease?

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Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease, and also seems to impair blood flow to the gums - which may affect wound healing.

From: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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