Disappearance of smoker's melanosis after reducing smoking

J Oral Pathol Med. 1993 May;22(5):228-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0714.1993.tb01061.x.


Besides genetic factors, tobacco smoking is known to be the main cause of oral melanin pigmentation. The present study compares the frequency of oral melanin pigmentation in a large number of former smokers with that of non-smokers. It also describes in two patients the disappearance of smoker's melanosis in the buccal mucosa following a considerable reduction in smoking.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Gingival Diseases / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Melanosis / etiology*
  • Mouth Mucosa
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Smoking Cessation*