People who smoke are more likely to have gum disease. It reduces the blood flow in the gums and supporting tissues of the tooth and makes them more likely to become inflamed. Smokers' gum disease will get worse more quickly than in people who do not smoke. Because of the reduced blood flow smokers may not get the warning symptoms of bleeding gums as much as non-smokers. Gum disease is still the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It` is for this reason that we ask and record if you are a smoker or non-smoker. As a smoker we can refer you to Walsall Stop Smoking service to help you to quit smoking.