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Photo by Rupert Taylor-Price.

Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco is terrible news for your mouth. Studies show that tobacco use is strongly connected to the development of gum disease.

Gum or periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the tissue and bone connecting your teeth to your jaw bone. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding when flossing or brushing, sensitive teeth and receding gums. In its later stages, gum disease might increase the risk of having a heart attack or developing diabetes.

The only way to halt the harm of smoking is to stop. People who smoke can take steps to protect their teeth by following these hints:

  • Visit your dentist for cleanings every 6 months. 
  • Find a toothpaste specifically designed for smokers. 
  • Talk to a doctor about any sores in your mouth that last more than 2 weeks. 
  • Brush twice a day and floss each night.

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