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Secondhand Smoke: A Man-Made Disaster to Oral Health of Children!

Smoking affects almost all body systems, leading to many diseases and ill health of smokers and non-smokers through secondhand smoke (SHS). Few studies proposed an association between SHS exposure and pediatric dental diseases, like dental caries and poorer gingival attachment of teeth and supporting structures. But by so far, an underlying association between SHS and oral health of children has not been completely assessed. Hence, this review will emphasize susceptibility of children to SHS effects, mechanism of action of SHS on oral health, effect of SHS on oral health, and prevention of SHS exposure to children.

Author(s): Anil Patil