Full text of Smoking and Oral Health in Dentate Adults aged 18–64 NCHS Data Brief No. 85, February 2012 (PHS) 2012-1209 Barbara Bloom, M.P.A.; Patricia F. Adams; Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D.; and Catherine Simile, Ph.D. is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is a vast body of literature documenting the adverse effects of cigarette smoking on health. In 2000 the Surgeon General's report on oral health noted that lifestyle behaviors such as smoking affect oral health as well as general health. It also emphasized the importance of oral health to overall health. This report examines differences among current smokers, former smokers, and never smokers in terms of oral health status, number of oral health problems, and the utilization of dental services. The study is limited to dentate adults aged 18–64