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Two reports in the recent news reinforce the link between smoking and poor oral health.
A report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that among dentate adults aged 18-64 there are differences in oral health status and oral health care utilization among current smokers, former smokers, and never smokers.
Key findings include:
In another study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke for a few hours each day can double a person’s risk of severe periodontal disease. However, the results of the study may have been affected by other factors that were unaccounted for. More research is needed.