University of Louisville School of Dentistry researcher David A. Scott, Ph.D. and his team have identified how tobacco smoke promotes bacteria in the mouth. Cigarette smoke is composed of thousands of chemical components, and the result of this exposure is stress to the body and the development of biofilm.

Biofilms are made up of many microbial communities, and bacteria can form these biofilms on most surfaces, including teeth, heart valves, and the respiratory tract. One of the most prevalent biofilms is dental plaque, which can lead to gum disease (gingivitis).

Scott’s studies have shown that biofilms provide a barrier against the body’s immune response, making smokers less able to fight off infection and also more severe oral diseases, such as periodontitis.

Make the change today, and your body will thank you for it. If your oral health is suffering due to years of smoking, our surgeons may be able to assist. Advanced problems with teeth, gums, or jaws can be addressed, and get you on your way to optimal health.

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