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Leonard Nimoy, COPD & Oral Health: What’s the Logical Connection?

He lived long and prospered, but if Leonard Nimoy had one regret, it may have been smoking. The late actor died today at age 83 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition he attributed to years of smoking. What is COPD COPD is a progressive lung disease that blocks airflow and makes breathing […]

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Secondhand Smoke May Be Linked to Cavities in Kids

Researchers have long known there is a connection between tobacco use and gum disease, as well as oral cancers. What’s not well understood is the connection between secondhand smoke and the development of cavities in young children. A 2011 systemic review of 15 studies published between 1990 and 2010 found a “possible causal relationship” between […]

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Hookah Smoking: Oral Health Impacts

Dating back to the Safavid dynasty, hookah smoking has been a staple in Middle Eastern culture for over 500 years. In recent decades, hookah smoking has become more popular in the US, particularly among young adults. Flavored tobacco, hookah lounges and the belief that smoking out of the traditional Mediterranean water pipe is less damaging […]

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Smoking with Diabetes May Increase Oral Health Risk

Did you know that smokers may be at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes? While more research needs to be done to establish an association, there’s reason to believe that a family history of diabetes combined with a smoking habit can lead to this disease. What’s worse? Diabetics who smoke are at increased risk […]

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Smoking Linked to Poor Oral Health

“Kissing a person who smokes is like kissing an ashtray!” While this statement might be a hyperbole, it’s a sentiment many non-smokers share and it turns out, may be rooted in fact. More often than not, smokers tend to have poorer oral hygiene than their non-smoking counterparts. With every puff of smoke they inhale, smokers […]

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5 Tips to Help You Quit

Smoking is an addiction that develops into a dangerous psychological habit. As time passes, the act of smoking becomes mechanical and the habit is ingrained in the daily routine. It is automatic for a habitual smoker to light a cigarette during break-time or with coffee in the morning. The “pleasant feeling” of nicotine on the […]

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