Secondhand Smoke and Tooth Cavities
Researchers in Japan have recently reviewed 15 different studies that analyzed the possible relationship between secondhand smoke and the development of tooth cavities in children. It was found that in primary teeth, there was weak to moderate evidence that secondhand hand smoke could cause cavities. There was only weak evidence of the relation when it came to secondary teeth, though.
This review was done as part of a general push in the dental field towards prevention and evidence-based dentistry, and away from surgical treatment. Though more research is needed to prove definitive causality between secondhand smoke and cavities, it is hard to deny the negative health effects of smoking. Researchers believe the key to definitively proving the link is further studying the cotinine levels present in children who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Cotinine is a byproduct of nicotine.
In addition to this review, there is plenty of research out there about how tobacco use and secondhand smoke are bad for your health and the health of your children. If you are looking to curb your habit, your dentist is in a unique position to be able to point you in the direction of various smoking cessation programs.
Any item that causes tooth decay or even possibly causes tooth decay should be avoided. Tooth decay is what contributes to the development of cavities and gum disease. That is why if you smoke, contact our root canal dentist in Northridge to set up an appointment to evaluate the oral health of you and your children.
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