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Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar.

... has given you bleeding gums. It's hard to imagine that Grace Slick or any other member of the long-ago disbanded '60s rock group Jefferson Airplane changing her hallucinogenic ways for that lyric. Given the drug scourge plaguing this country in the new millennium, it is sort of sweet that periodontal researchers have decided to try to stem its tide. They aim to dissuade others from the use of at least inhaled drugs by targeting the water pipe as a significant gum health threat--but only referring to its use for tobacco smoking. The American Academy of Periodontology aims to scare kids straight by telling them that smoking tobacco through hookahs will undermine their periodontal health. If memory serves, however, water pipes have other handy, illicit-inhalation uses (crack, crystal meth, and heroin come to mind). What's the thinking here? Inhalers of Nakhla Double Apple hookah tobacco still care about their oral hygiene, but crack, meth, and horse smokers are sadly too wasted to floss? Perhaps the more urgent message during the upcoming flu season should be not to share any type of pipe, regardless of what smolders within.
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Title Annotation:INDICATIONS
Author:Kubetin, Sally Koch
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Date:Dec 15, 2005
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