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Smokers Less Likely to Visit Dentist Than Nonsmokers

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Dental Care and Smoking

Smokers are significantly less likely to seek dental care than nonsmokers, according to data from a nationally representative sample of 15,250 American adults. The finding holds true regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, location and insurance coverage.

Because smokers face increased risk of gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancers, "they are