You May Lose Your Teeth from Smoking
A new study says that smokers, particularly among postmenopausal women, can actually lose their teeth.
The first to look at the link behind tooth loss and smoking history, this study comprised over 1,100 women who were part of the famous Women’s Health Initiative in the U.S. It is no health secret that smoking can accelerate tooth loss, but we now know that postmenopausal women are at higher risk than others.
It doesn’t matter how much brushing and flossing they do, older women suffer tooth loss at a greater rate than men. Perhaps that is linked in some way with greater risk for osteoporosis (for both, calcium would be a key factor), but the researchers here were targeting cigarettes.
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