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Can a theeth x ray tell your dentist that you smoke?


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September 30, 2009 7:57PM

Technically, no x-ray of the teeth can tell your dentist if you smoke or not.


X-rays will show signs of bone loss which is most likely due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has two types; gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums and is reversible with professional dental care and improved dental hygiene. Periodontitis is inflammation of the gums that results in loss of the bone that supports the teeth and is only remedied by professional dental care.

Periodontal disease has long been associated with smoking, meaning people who smoke are more likely to have or develop periodontal disease. Because you smoke doesn't necessarily mean that you HAVE periodontal disease; smoking has been shown to increase the severity and speed of onset of periodontal disease.