Sunday, November 22, 2009

Second hand (Passive) Smoking and Caries

Hi everyone, I saw this review of a study comparing children exposed to passive smoking (PS) and those that were not. It was found that:
  1. The PS group had few caries free children
  2. PS children had a mean DMFT (decayed, missing and filled teeth) score two times higher
  3. PS children had higher counts of S Mutans and lactobacilli
  4. PS children had declines in salivary pH, flow rate and buffering capacities

Source: Sevels I, Clinical Abstracts, Cigarettes and Cavities, Ontario Dentist, Nov 2009, Vol 86, No 9, pg 14-15.

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
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