A new government report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has highlighted the fact that although people who smoke have more problems with their teeth than non-smokers, they are actually less likely to visit their dentist.
These findings are based on a CDC survey taken in 2008. The survey involved more than 16,000 adult participants between the ages of 18 and 64.
The survey results indicated that over one third of smokers admitted to having 3 or more dental problems, which was more than twice the incidence of dental problems among individuals who have never smoked. The dental problems included jaw pain, toothache, infections, and stained teeth.