University at Buffalo Study Finds Postmenopausal Smokers More Likely to Lose Teeth

Xiaodan Mai, PhD student in Epidemiology, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine

Published March 15, 2013

Postmenopausal women who have smoked are at much higher risk of losing their teeth than women who never smoked, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. The study is published in and featured on the cover of the current issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

“Regardless of having better oral health practices, such as brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist more frequently, postmenopausal women in general tend to experience more tooth loss than men of the same age,” said Ms. Xiaodan Mai, a doctoral student in epidemiology in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, and a co-author of the study. “We were interested in smoking as a variable that might be important.”