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Why smokers have more periodontitis but less inflammation


A study led by investigators at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry may shed light on how tobacco smoke contributes to gum disease. "We have known that smokers are more likely to get gum disease and more likely to develop the plaque buildup that contributes to gum disease, but the clinical conundrum has always been why do they actually have less of the inflammation in and around their gums that we normally see in gum disease," said David Scott, Ph.D., associate professor of oral health and systemic disease research at the School of Dentistry and lead investigator on this study. "Our study sought the answer or answers to that question." (May require free registration to view article.) more

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