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Smokers may be missing out on romance due to poor oral health
Updated: 7/20/2011 5:00:05 PM

Smoking may cause oral health problems that can reduce an individual Many individuals who smoke cigarettes are well aware of the health risks associated with this habit, but some do not realize how it may affect their personal lives.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently discussed how an unhealthy smile resulting from tobacco use may reduce an individual's "kissability."

The organization explained that cigarettes may increase the appearance of plaque buildup and stains on teeth, as well as promote wrinkles around the mouth and contribute to bad breath - none of which are known to be attractive attributes.

Dental care experts from the AACD recommended that aside from quitting smoking, people who use cigarettes can use electric toothbrushes, floss daily and seek teeth whitening treatments in order to improve the appearance of their smiles.

"Once someone whitens their teeth, they usually want to keep it that way and will choose to avoid those things that re-stain the teeth, like smoking," said AACD President Dr. John K. Sullivan.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of U.S. adults were current smokers in 2009.

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