Found this article in Toronto Star online, here's the teaser quote:
There doesn't seem to be any shortage of reasons cited as to why marijuana is bad for health. Now from the world of dentistry comes another: regular pot-smoking seems to bump up the risk of developing gum disease – and earlier in life than expected.
In a study of more than 900 young adults, researchers found that heavy tokers were 1.6 times more likely to have at least mild periodontal disease, compared to those who had never smoked grass.
You can read the rest of the story here: Smoking pot may fuel risk of early gum disease
Source: Toronto Star Online, Feb 5, 2008 http://www.thestar.com/living/Health/article/300675
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
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