The just published Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), March 1, 2013, cites the Buffalo OsteoPerio Study, which followed 1,106 postmenopausal women, comparing tooth loss and smoking status.
After adjusting for age, education, income, body mass index, history of diabetes diagnosis, calcium supplement use and dental visit frequency, the authors found that heavy smokers (packs smoked per day, years of smoking, pack-years and years since quitting smoking) were significantly associated with tooth loss due to periodontal disease, but not with tooth loss due to tooth decay.
Source: JADA, 3/1/2013, Vol. 144, No. 3, 252-265
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