Saturday, September 02, 2006

Smoking, Stained Teeth, and Heart Disease Statistics

Hi all,

Got this information from Pfizer. I've reformatted it for the web:

60% of smokers report having stained teeth
56% of smokers are interested in smoking cessation products that whiten teeth

After quitting smoking:

Within 48 hours: the chance of heart attack is reduced
At 1 year: the risk of heart disease is ½ that of a smoker
At 5 years: the risk of stroke = non smoker
At 15 years: the risk of dying from a heart attack = non smoker

Pretty sobering stats, but they do indicate that some of the effects of smoking can be reversed.
Take Care

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada (in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100