Dr. Stan Park on HealthyOne.org

Most smokers know the toll on their health taken by those cigarettes (or cigars or pipes) which have become so much a part of their lives. But, oftentimes, they link smoking to their smoker’s cough or the wheezing from their chest.

What some smokers may not realize is that smoking also plays a significant role in their oral health. Those excessively bleeding gums? Periodontal disease. It’s a function of the hot, toxic smoke that’s taken into the mouth, something that ultimately leads to tooth loss. In fact, smoking is the biggest cause of adult tooth loss, and it will happen far before the onset of the old age that most people blame.