Dentistry health care that works: tobacco

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The Canadian Dental Association works with other professional organizations to educate the government about its positions and concerns regarding the oral health of Canadians.  The Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco (CCAT) is an umbrella group of several national and provincial health agencies that work together to reduce the consequences of tobacco use in Canada and around the world.  The CDA has continually strengthened and updated its tobacco policies as new scientific information becomes readily available.

Frequently asked questions: tobacco products

What effects can smoking have on my oral health? Are cigars a safe alternative to cigarettes? Are smokeless tobacco products safe? The Canadian Dental Association has some alarming news that you should know.  You are probably aware that tobacco can cause heart disease and a variety of cancers, but what you may not know is that tobacco is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.  If you smoke, talk to your dentist today about how tobacco is affecting your oral health.

Smoking and Implants

You are probably aware that tobacco can cause heart disease and a variety of cancers, but what you may not know is that tobacco is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.  If you smoke, talk to your dentist today about how tobacco is affecting your oral health.

Tooth loss and edentulism are more common in smokers than in non-smokers. In addition, people who smoke are more likely to develop severe periodontal disease.

The formation of deep mucosal pockets with inflammation of the peri-implant mucosa around dental implants is called peri-implantitis. Smokers treated with dental implants have a greater risk of developing peri-implantitis. This condition can lead to increased resorption of peri-implant bone. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to implant failure. In a recent international study, smokers showed a higher score in bleeding index with greater peri-implant pocket depth and radiographically discernible bone resorption around the implant, particularly in the maxilla.

Many studies have shown that smoking can lead to higher rates of dental implant failure. In general, smoking cessation usually leads to improved periodontal health and a patient’s chance for successful implant acceptance.