Research Unveils New Information For Smokers

Research Unveils New Information For Smokers

Aren’t one tired of hearing and reading the same thing ‘smoking kills’? So, here is something which would push one to extreme to quit smoking. It has been found that smoke leads to mouth diseases and tooth decaying.

Smoke has direct impact over the oral health of a smoker. In a recent study, conducted by the researchers of Ohio State University, it was found that because of smoking, a harmful bacteria begins to accumulate in the mouth, which leads to decay.

For the study, the researchers recruited 15 smokers. For almost a week, the clinical cleaning was conducted on their teeth. The specimens of their oral biofilms were then observed by the researchers and it was found that a large quantity of the bad bacteria was present in the mouth of the smokers.

According to the researchers, smoke kills good bacteria, which are capable of protecting the mouth from decay. A compound called Cytokines is produced by the body to combat the infection. But it seems like the smoke increases the production of Cytokines which in turn eats all the good bacteria together with bad bacteria.

It is not sure as to what type of mechanism affects the mouth. However, it is necessary for the dentists to support people who are trying to quit smoke. The findings of the study have been published in the journal, Infection and Immunity.

Purnima Kumar from Ohio State University said, “The smoker’s mouth kicks out the good bacteria, and the pathogens are called in. So they’re allowed to proliferate much more quickly than they would in a non-smoking environment”. It is hoped that the findings of the study would help smokers in quitting smoke. The government should also provide help to smokers in quitting smoke.


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