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smokingAlthough people who smoke will probably feel that smoking is blamed for virtually every disease known to man, we are not alone in having observed that people who smoke generally suffer more often and more severely from gum disease than do non-smokers.

The reason for this is that smoking slows down the repair side of a natural breakdown and repair cycle of the body tissues, so that the body has not had time to fully recover from one episode of breakdown before the next episode begins.

Being the first part of the body exposed to the inhaled smoke, the mouth is often the place where changes in the appearance of the soft tissues first become noticeable. The effects of the chronic irritation caused by the smoke are often to be seen on the palate, the tongue and the inner surfaces of the cheeks and ought to be viewed with concern.