Teenage smokers neglect oral hygiene

A recent study revealed adolescents who smoke are more likely to abandon the basics of oral hygiene.

Research suggests that young adults double up on poor oral health habits, as they smoke and brush their teeth less than the recommended twice a day.

Poor school performance and low socio-economic status also attributed to these oral and smoking habits, as the results drew on an association between the children and their mother’s education.

The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, was lead by Associate Professor of Kuwait University Sisko Honkala based on the Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey conducted in Finland.

Many are still unaware of the damage smoking does to the mouth, yet during adolescence, some young people often experiment with smoking and, if continued, can have a detrimental effect on their health.

Peer pressure is the single most common reason for adolescents taking up the habit, while

According to the chief Eexecutive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, the evidence presented points to a clear gap in oral health education.

Dr Carter says: ‘It is clear from the findings of the research that this particular age group could potentially have many oral health problems relating to their lifestyle choices. Multiple unhealthy behaviours, particularly at an age when you are still developing, can have a lasting impact. Parents and schools must look to educate young adults and adolescents on the choices they are making and the impact they have, not just on their oral health, but on their general health too.

‘It is not unreasonable to suggest this trend would be reflected throughout the generations, as in general smokers have a greater risk gum disease through poor lifestyle and oral hygiene habits.’

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