Smoking Cigarettes Linked to Root Canals
Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is a bad and unhealthy habit that can cause lung cancer, heart disease, oral cancer and a host of other medical and dental issues. Now, a recent study has revealed that male smokers often need root canals more than non-smokers.
Over a period of three decades, the oral condition of a group of male participants was monitored. The results indicated that the men, whose ages varied, showed increased signs of cavities, gum disease, tooth mobility and tartar. All of these problems that are brought on by smoking may lead to the need for dental fillings, restorative dentistry procedures or root canal treatments. Smokers who are concerned by these findings should schedule a visit with our Northridge cosmetic dentist to see if they have any oral damage.
While this study was only conducted on men, it stands to reason that female smokers are also at risk of needing root canals. Keep in mind that other things, like age, oral infections, pre-existing cavities or crowns, bone loss and how long the man had been smoking cigarettes, were all taken into consideration for the study results.
The best way to reduce your risk of needing a root canal is to quit smoking before there are any signs of damage. As time passes, reformed smokers should see a reduction in the signs that lead to a need for a root canal. Our dentist in Northridge can conduct an extensive examination to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums.
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