Eastern Florida State College Bulletin Board on Effects of Smoking

Smoking Kills Your Smile: The Correlation of Smoking & Gum Recession

Risk factors

  • Smoking tobacco, Vaping, Hookah
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Poor oral hygiene and lack of dental cleanings
  • Plaque Buildup

Warning Signs

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose & Sensitive teeth Gums that have pulled away from your teeth


  • Tissue grafting
  • Bone grafting
  • If tooth loss:  prosthetics such as implants, bridges, or fixed prosthetics

Other Effects of Smoking

  • Periodontal disease
  • Bone loss
  • Increased healing time with procedures
  • Tissue loss by teeth
  • Tooth loss

Cost of Smoking

Severe gingival recession will result in bone grafting and connective tissue grafting which can cost anywhere from $800 – $2,000 or more.

Dental insurance typically does not cover cost of surgical procedures which means cost comes out of YOUR pocket!

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