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Can smoking cause gingivitis?

Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for periodontal disease, including gingivitis. Compared to nonsmokers, smokers are more likely to develop deep periodontal pockets between their teeth and gums. Smokers are also more likely than nonsmokers to lose teeth and the tissue that support the teeth.
Smoking can be a risk factor in increasing the chances of developing periodontal disease. People who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to have periodontal disease. Periodontal treatment is also less successful in patients who continue to smoke. Do yourself a favor and quit smoking today! Good oral hygiene is key. Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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