Periodontal Disease and Tobacco
The links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer, and heart disease are well documented. More recent research has linked tobacco usage and periodontal disease, showing that periodontal disease is more severe in patients who have a history of tobacco use. Tobacco use causes more abundant calculus formation on teeth, deeper pockets between the gums and teeth, and greater deterioration of the bone and fibers that hold teeth in place.
Contrary to what some may believe, smokeless tobacco is not an easy out—the likelihood of developing oral cancer increases with the use of smokeless tobacco. Nicotine, tar, and other harmful chemicals in smoking and smokeless tobacco slow down healing and probability of success following periodontal treatment. Abandoning tobacco use is the only sure way of preventing harm to your overall and periodontal health.