How Smoking Effects Postmenopausal Women
Smoking has been associated with tooth loss, however a recent study discovered that smoking has a greater relationship to tooth loss for postmenopausal women. Over 1,000 postmenopausal women participated in this study to see how their smoking status, packs smoked per day, years of smoking, pack-years, and years since quitting smoking effected their dental health.
The study did not find a significant association between smoking and tooth decay for postmenopausal women, but did find that women who were heavy smokers were much more likely to have to report having tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
Women who smoke should be sure to see their dentist and hygienist regularly to monitor their gum health. For more information about gum disease, check out our previous blog post. http://thesmilecenter.com/should-i-be-concerned-about-gum-disease/