Despite the fact that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, only 22 to 34 percent of women in the United States visit a dentist during pregnancy.
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More women and young girls are smoking now, possibly due to the desire to try to control their weight. Few female smokers realize, however, that this addictive habit and the problems affiliated with it can be far worse for females than their male counterparts, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Early studies on the adverse effects of tobacco smoking focused primarily on males, so the effects of smoking on women's health are just now beginning to be realized.
Some women use smoking as a status symbol. Others use smoking as a form of stress relief, as they think it has a calming influence. Some also say that it gives them "I am important" self-assurance.
Reviewed: January 2012
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