Smoking Kills Good Bacteria


If you need yet another good reason to stop smoking, scientists at Ohio State University have discovered that smoking actually kills good bacteria in the mouth, leading to increased risk of developing periodontal disease.

Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic habitat — and is much more susceptible to invasion by “bad” bacteria.

In general, smokers suffer from higher rates of oral diseases, and gum disease in particular. This is a big challenge for dentists, according to Purnima Kumar, assistant professor of periodontology at Ohio State University. She and her colleagues are researching the role the body’s microbial communities play in preventing oral disease.

In general, smokers suffer from higher rates of oral diseases, and gum disease in particular. This is a big challenge for dentists, according to Purnima Kumar, assistant professor of periodontology at Ohio State University. She and her colleagues are researching the role the body’s microbial communities play in preventing oral disease.

Dr. Kotre and her staff are sensitive to the needs of those who would like to quit smoking. Please give our Ann Arbor dental office a call at 734-677-2156 for information on quitting, or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.


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