Colgate Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center

Innovative toothpastes to clean and brighten every type of smile.

Toothpastes

A toothbrush for every type of smile, designed with comfort and results in mind.

Toothbrushes

Colgate kids' products make brushing fun and encourage routine use.

Kids' Products

Oral care products available exclusively through dental professionals.

Products From the Dentist

Professional grade oral care, available without a prescription.

Other Oral Care

Every smile is unique and requires a different type of care. Colgate has a solution for every smile.

Search by Benefit
Font size

Parents' smoking may discolor kids' gums

Need another reason to give up cigarettes?

Secondhand smoke may discolor your children's gums.

New research, published in the August 2005 issue of Pediatrics, shows that gum darkening is more common among children of smoking parents than it is among children of nonsmoking parents.

The study of 59 nonsmoking children in rural Japan showed three-quarters had some darkening of the gums. Of that group, 70 percent had a parent who smoked, versus 35 percent of children with no gum darkening.

It was the first study to examine the relationship between excessive pigmentation of children's gums and parental smoking. Previous studies have shown a link between secondhand smoke and both pediatric gum disease and dental decay.

Dr. Takashi Hanioka, lead author of the study, said that although factors other than passive smoking do contribute to darkening of the gums, the study's findings suggest that parental smoking leads to gum discoloration among children in some cases. He believes its visibility might encourage some parents to kick the smoking habit.

Please contact the ADA if you have questions about this article.

©2010 American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.

08/15/2005

ColgatePalmolive.com  |  Colgate.com  |  Legal/Privacy  |  Colgate.com Site Map  |  Contact Us
© Colgate-Palmolive Company. All rights reserved.
You are viewing the United States site.