Relationship Discovered Between Gum Disease and Hookah
Posted on 12/25/2016 by Scholes Periodontics & Implants
Hookah bars are increasing in popularity all over the world. Young people are especially attracted to these hotspots, and they are often fooled into believing that smoking hookah is less harmful than cigarettes.
It is easy to see how they can be deceived, as hookah is a water pipe that uses a sweet Shisha tobacco, which is considerably different than the tobacco found in conventional cigarettes.
Unfortunately, researchers have found that there are a variety of risks associated with smoking hookah. In addition to the increased prevalence of oral and esophageal cancers, hookah users are also more likely to suffer from gum disease at an incidence of five times that of regular cigarette smokers.
Smoking - regardless of whether you are smoking hookah, cigars, or cigarettes - can lead to gum disease for a few reasons. First, smoking can do a real number on your circulatory system, restricting blood flow to the gums.
When the blood doesn't flow freely to the gums, they will become restricted of oxygen and other important nutrients. Additionally, smoking drastically reduces your body’s ability to heal wounds and to fight off infections.
This means that after gum disease has set in, your body will have a harder time eliminating the infection.
The greatest takeaway from this research is that when it comes to your health - oral or otherwise - smoking is a major risk. If you are currently a smoker and need help quitting, there are a variety of options out there, including medications, gum, and patches.
Hookah is not an alternative or a solution, and by choosing hookah over your traditional cigarette, you might be actually doing more harm than good to your body.
If you need advice on how to quit smoking - or if you need guidance on how to reverse the damage that smoking has caused in your mouth - contact us to set up an appointment.