Periodontist Questions Gum Disease

How quickly can smoking cause gum disease?

My younger brother has been smoking for 5 years and he was diagnosed with gum disease last week. How quickly can smoking lead to gum disease?

6 Answers

Smoking introduces many toxins which negatively affect the whole body, but the first tissues to be assaulted are the oral tissues and depending on the strength of one's imune system the damage could begin sooner rather than later. The bottom line, don't smoke!
It is already beginning, he might want to consider other alternatives for smoking
It would depend on how much he smokes. If he is smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day, I'd say that that could certainly cause problems in less than 5 years.
Smoking puts you at risk for gum disease. Gum disease is a silent disease. Keep regular dental cleaning visits and have your gums checked out
Each year that you smoke makes you more susceptible to Periodontitis
That is subjective. However, within 5 years, you start seeing signs of bone loss and gum disease.