• Thu, Feb 23 2012

This Is What Happens To Your Mouth When You Smoke: Bad Bacteria & Gum Disease

Smoker’s mouth usually calls to mind yellow teeth and tobacco breath, but a new study says it also kills the healthy bacteria in your mouth, leaving you more vulnerable to pathogens and disease.

Researchers gave dental cleanings to 15 smokers and 15 non-smokers, then took saliva and plaque samples a few days later. After sequencing the DNA found in the samples, they found that the non-smokers had a stable community of “good” bacteria—benign strains that actually aid the immune system in preventing inflammation and infection. But the smokers had transient bacteria and higher inflammation, leaving them more vulnerable to infection from pathogens and bad bacteria.

Of course, oral health is just one of many concerns for smokers, but developing gum disease (or other illness) because of a cigarette habit is pretty unsexy. (Just look at the photo above.)

Photo: bubblyleeyana

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  • mariia mejia

    i think alot of people should stop smoking befor its to late i seen mi step dad go threw that and its not a good felling..seeng him not abole to talk just wraite.. is like loosing ur own life. :: so people should take life to the fullis but healthy and drug free..////

  • nigger

    Thats my boyfriend mouth after licking me out